Chicago Bulls @ Sacramento Kings 9:00 PM WGN

It's the first game of a five-game west coast road trip, and the Bulls start off in Sacramento where rookie Tyreke Evans and a familiar face in Andres Nocioni awaits them. Chicago, coming off a six point victory against Philadelphia on Saturday, is 5-4 on the year just like tonights opponents.

The Kings lost their leading scorer Kevin Martin (30.6 points a game), and have rolled off an impressive four straight, with Evans leading the way. The fourth overall selection has scored 23.7 points during that span, on a surprising 46% from the field.

Center Joakim Noah - leading the league in rebounding through his first nine contests - shared his thoughts on going up against former Bull, Andres Nocioni.

hated Noc on the road and everybody hated him on other teams. So it's
going to be weird to see what those hacks feel like."

Noah will not only face the competitive fire of Nocioni, but also the much-improved Jason Thompson (14.9 points and 10.1 rebounds) and center Spencer Hawes. Bulls rookie Taj Gibson, who went scoreless against the 76'ers, will look to redeem himself tonight when he faces a team that allows 105 points a game.

Former King John Salmons has suffered through a slow start of the season, but will have every opportunity to take advantage of the open lanes, given up by Sacramento. Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich broke out of a slump against Philadelphia when he put up 19 points on just 10 shots. Hinrich will look to lower the surprising efficiency of Beno Udrih (53%) tonight, while also taking his turn on Tyreke Evans.

Second-year man Derrick Rose found his legs against the 76'ers, breaking down the defense for several lay-ups, but commited seven turnovers. Rose, who is suffering from a sore ankle, has seen a large statistical drop across the board during his sophomore season, and has been visibly timid on the floor.

Luol Deng, who will be the primary match-up to Nocioni, his best friend on the team a year ago, had yet another strong performance at the United Center on Saturday. Deng racked up 19 points and nine rebounds, living up to his season averages of 17.6 points and 9.2 boards.  


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  • What does he mean by everybody hated "Noc on the road" that the bulls didnt get along with him? Wonder what he did, if he was just annoying when they were trying to sleep on the plane.

  • In reply to ZombieKevie:

    i believe he meant the teams they played on their road trips hated playing against Noc. at least thats the impression i get towards the end of the quote. obviously Noah made a jumbled statement thats hard to understand.

    from my understanding tho, Noc may not be playing tonight??

  • In reply to ZombieKevie:

    3-3 have faith guys. Tonight wont be a cake walk but we will win because we have experience.

  • In reply to ZombieKevie:

    wow JJ Hickson is playing big for the Cavs, if he continues to improve I doubt LBJ would bolt in offseason.

  • This road trip will be good for the young bulls. I predict .500 on this road trip will make me proud!

  • Thats why i believe they are still looking to move.

  • John Salmons off to a solid start against his former team.

  • Rose living up to his word that he will come out aggressive

  • Ime Udoka is getting time over Desmond Mason, wow his career went nowhere.

  • Rose looks like 70% healthy, hope he turns up the boost! haha

  • Damn Deng off so far.

  • with the Bobcats getting Jackson I believe we are not the worst offensive team in the league.

  • Pargo made a 3, one of those hot games for him? hopefully.

  • Donte Green? really? wow Kings need to trade Kevin Martin because this guy really has been holding everyone in Sac-Town back.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Hopefully they trade Martin to us

  • Rose did run 3 nice pick n rolls though

  • I would have to go with Bobcats. Warriors are bad but they can get hot and out score teams. Bobcats in the first month were struggling to score.

  • So I guess we get 2 good games from Pargo every 10. I'll take that ratio for 2 million

  • No its not just Greene. Everybody has stepped up their game in his abstence.

  • I said it that Pargs has 1 good game out of every 5 lmao

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    What might it take to get Kevin Martin?

  • In reply to Basghetti80:

    The way everyone is playing with out him, no fans coming out, clear some more cap space....... hmmmmm Not much i believe. Maybe some picks and Brad and Kirk?

  • In reply to Basghetti80:

    Hopefully this is a blow out by the end of the 3rd so we can throw Johnson out there for a full 12 minutes in the 4th.

  • In reply to Basghetti80:

    Man I hope this is blowup as Im really tired and don't want to stay up til 11:30

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    I would bet even if he did he would suck. He is just a guy who can light it every once in awhile, people who felt he could come in and do it on a daily basis were crazy.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    I guess he read that realgm topic about him being a bust. I didnt know your officially declared a bust if you dont play in the first ten games lol

  • I hope we do, no bigmacs though lol.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    also thanks Doug now i am thinking about that horrid 4th qt against the Raps, all those jumpers not going down.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Getting a little sloppy here, come on guys finish half strong

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Horrible rotation by Deng there

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    wow Kirk and Rose just clanked 2 jumpers and not even long ones the type Doug hates lmao

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Rose not getting that call? Cmon refs he's a tv star

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    actually ds shot was blocked.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    damn Kirk.

  • That TNT game will be brutal on Thursday. Good possiblity that's not over till 12:30

  • be quiet doug.

  • Noah a beast on the board.

  • Doug I guess Rose listened to you and decide to start do the 1 on 1 fastbreak when he just burns past the defender

  • wow Tyreke almost nailed it.

  • DR don't hurt'em like dat! haha

  • Good 1st half. So what do they put up this half 30? 31?

  • Although Rose hasn't played that much

  • He just doesnt look comfortable on the offensive end, maybe its the ankle maybe hes pressing, i dont really understand.

  • pretty good Doug. 98%.

  • I would say pretty high except I thought the same thing vs the Raptors and had to watch the most pathetic 4th quarter I've seen in years. I honestly had to turn the tv off with 3 minutes to go

  • Noah and Salmons played pretty good. Noah should teach Rose how to act on a foul though

  • Did anyone notice how WGN thinks Bulls play 5 games on circus trip rather than 6

  • Does not having a reliable jumper have something to do with it? Like when CP3 is trying to cross over someone and cant he can just fade away and shoot.

  • we need to start playing better D-2nd have if we wanna win!

  • Dpauley i have LP so I dont know. Usually LP has both broadcast to choose from but tonight it is only the Kings broadcast.

  • There's nothing good about that commercial. Why would I really believe that the little girl thinks that Chad texted the mom when she doesn't even know who he is.

  • Yes deng baby

  • Rose another ugly jumper.

  • whoa someone needs to tell Beno to stop lmao

  • They pretty brutal. The one guy called Donte Greene such a confident offensive player. Plus they had lamest line even when Beno Uhrid hits a shot the announcer goes Beano with a draino

  • Yea doug those fouls on Taj were not hard, at first i thought the first one was a flagrant but on replay it was clearly not.

  • what a move by Rose

  • Deng strong. hear come the boos lol

  • Nice pass by Brad to a wide open Noah who was fouled.

  • Wow that Broxton kid is a house. Does Beno think he is AI?

  • here comes ben gordon, i mean Jannero Pargo.

  • Here they come. Damn.

  • I guess I am alone. Well bye everyone, have a great night and go BULLS.

  • Yea Brad passed it to the scoreboard lol.

  • Very nice by John, and nice steal by Kirk.

  • Sloppy sloppy Kirk.

  • what a run guys. What a fastbreak.

  • Great way to end the quarter. Bulls didnt get nervous about the run as in the past they would have.

  • For all Hinrich does on defense, he's really starting to piss me off on how bad his offense is for the amount of playing time he gets

  • Do I risk going to bed waking up to us blowing it

  • Bulls are still sloppy with the ball. When we had that 3 on 1 when Kirk stole the ball John almost dribbled it away. We need to go through some passing and dribbling drills.

  • Got to be at work at 9, wow am I going to be a grump tomorrow. Well actually for the next two weeks lmao.

  • Yea true. Now I am really going to go. Night Doug and everyone else. 1-0 on circus trip baby.

  • damn doug. I am leaving but come on......................

  • Noah with the tip in. Back up 11.

  • Beno Udrih coming back. I say we win by 25.

  • Noah a beast on the boards. Bulls now passing on 3s.

  • Noah and Lindsey celebrating, good hustle.

  • Got to give it to the Kings, trying to get back in it, they made several runs but they are still very young and made careless plays. They are fun to watch.

  • Goodnight folks

  • Seems like the refs decided Bulls get every call in the 1st half, Kings get every call in the 2nd half

  • a little over two minutes, 1000% Doug lol.

  • Now officially I am off. Night.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Same here. Hopefully Gasol doesn't play vs us like he said he might

  • Is Vinny seriously trying to teach this team to play like Hoosiers? We always pass open wide open shots to just get that perfect shot. Salmons just had a wide open layup yet passed it up to Noah who wasn't even right next to the basket

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