Chicago Bulls vs Milwaukee Bucks 7:00 PM, CSN

The Bulls will be back at the United Center after an 0-2 road trip, and will look to redeem themselves against the Michael Redd-less Milwaukee Bucks.

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is shooting 37% from the floor over the three-game stretch in the early part of the season. Last year's Rookie Of the Year has been noticeably limited by lack of training and a sore ankle. Tonight, Rose and the Bulls take on their NBA neighbors from Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bucks. Rookie point guard Brandon Jennings has exploded to the scene over his first two games, and will be a tough assignment for the Bulls' backcourt.
Jennings has averaged an impressive 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists in the early part of the season. This included a near tripble-double of 17 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in his debut. The 6'1 guard was drafted 10th overall by Milwaukee after a year in Italy where he played for Lottomatica Roma after his senior year of high school.

The Bucks come in with a 1-1 record, and have received stellar play from power forward Hakim Warrick (15.0 points, 8.5 free throw attempts), who came to the Bucks this summer after four years in Memphis. As expected with Scott Skiles as head coach, the Bucks have been energetic on defense, and guarded the three-point shot well.

The Bulls come into this game hoping to see an encore by 6th year forward Luol Deng. The often injured Deng looked fresh and explosive against Miami, which saw him put up 26 points and grab eight rebounds. Guard/forward John Salmons also came to life offensively, after pouring in 17 points on 50% shooting. Salmons has struggled defensively against his three counterparts in the season so far, but projects to have a stronger game on that end against a slower Charlie Bell.

As has been the norm of the season, Bulls center Joakim Noah is once again expected to play big minutes tonight. Noah leads the team in rebounding, and is second in scoring and shot-blocking. Against Miami, Noah played beyond the box score, tapping a lot of lose balls to his teammates while consistently keeping balls alive for second chance opportunities. He'll go up against Bucks center Andrew Bogut, a former top draft pick, who has developed into the Bucks' defensive anchor on the interior.

Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro has not seen eye-to-eye with fourth-year forward Tyrus Thomas, which has resulted in just under a half of play a game for the high-flying shot-blocker. Thomas has seen his rebounds increase this year, and is getting to the line at career rate. The Bulls are looking for Thomas to establish himself on both ends, and live up to the potential of his high draft status. Tonight, Thomas will not be in uniform after being sent home with the flu.  

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  • Regarding Tyrus-

    The bulls are just shooting themselves in the foot here. I know Doug mentioned cap implications may affect a potential trade, but sitting him on the bench and then no re-signing him at the end of the year makes that draft a complete waste. Now he's been sent home with the "flu"...if you are just going to bench him, at least trade him for a draft pick down the line or something!

  • Agreed....sitting Tyrus hurts us in every possible way. At least he's being productive when he plays.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Tyrus has had a lot of problems with his man-to-man defense early in the season, but his rebounding and shot-blocking has been excellent. If he continues to draw fouls at this rate, he'll be a major contributor this year.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Someone seriously just needs to sit him down and say, if you want to make money in this league, stop shooting 18 foot jumpers, drive the damn ball to the hoop, and seriously improve your defense. You've got to WANT to get better on defense first.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Doug-

    I guess what I meant was he will have a much longer career as one of those guys that does the dirty work.

    He's not going to be a 20 pt a night guy. He's just not. But you are 100% right about who gets paid..

    And it appears that when I put the "flu" in quotes above it was accurate. Its being reported he was not actually sick and their was a confrontation involving Lindsay Hunter at practice.

    Not sure why Hunter would confront anyone, but I guess he's a veteran....Im glad someone's getting in Tyrus' face

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    The Tyrus debacle is getting really old. Either play his ass or trade him. At this point they've blown both. I was initially against the Thomas / STAT trade last year, but that was based on him actually getting some playing time. Looking back, I'd have preferred to at least try out STAT (not like it was a 100% chance of actually happening but still).

    I don't tend to be on the "Vinny is a dolt" bandwagon, but its times like these when I can't help but wonder why we cant just give Thomas his chance in his contract year. He's worked hard, he wants it, let him get his chance. Playing Gibson over him isn't helping the team so all its accomplishing is diminishing Thomas' trade value while simultaneously pissing him off. Both he and Noah finally got playing time last year and starting coming up big. Tyrus as the more inconsistent of the two, but as its going now, he doesn't even get an opportunity to play.

    I'm about to the conclusion that Vinny is a stubborn ass, and he's content at starting Gibson to spite Thomas if anything. I like Gibson, but he's not better than Thomas, and by years played that should give Thomas the benefit of the doubt. Before the season started it was thought it would be a non issue just because there was nobody to replace him, that he'd get a lot of playing time by default....sigh.

    Further, I think not seeing 1 second of James Johnson this season yet is getting old too. If your going to play the rookies some, fine, give them both a shot. Playing Pargo should be banned. Id rather have Johnson learn the point that suffer watching pargo jack horrible shots repeatedly. Wasn't he supposed to be a 3rd option poin on the BENCH?

    Apparently Vinny's fallen in love with Gibson already so its too late. Nothing short of a Reinsdorf / Paxon public scolding is going to change anything at this point.
    /RANT

  • good for u...saved urself a lot of head-banging

  • Is Funk on a contract?
    How long are we stuck with him?

  • I think the bulls got a lot of butterfinges trick or treatin

    Hinrich misses Rose on an easy lob; didn't even see it
    We should run more lob plays (if they call it tht) with athletes like Rose nd Tyrus. Also for Deng and Noah

  • Miller is throwing (passing, if you ask him) the ball into non-existent lanes and is lucky on quite a few occasions not to get turnovers

  • Doug,

    This is UGLY!!!

    How do they fix this? They are 7/33 Shooting the ball.

  • Paxson and/or Forman may need to SHAKE things up, somehow. Can they make a trade this early in the season?

  • HALFTIME (THANK GOD!!!): BUCKS 43 BULLS 29

    The Bulls are 10/37 (0/3 from the arc) in the 1st Half.

  • Rose ought to be EMBARRASSED, right now.

    Jennings looks like a Hall of Famer out there. I know Derrick isn't at full strength, but there is NO EXCUSE for Rose to be this bad or Jennings to be this good.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    yep.. he was killed in that half

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    All Derrick wants to do is pass

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I hope Vinny calls out Taj for making some of the stupidest rotations ever. Salmons and Taj shouldn't make it back onto the court for the whole game

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    The Bulls are trying to challenge their NBA record for fewest pts in a game at 49.. I'm officially counting down

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Damn Brandon Jennings can shoot!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Nice way to end the quarter.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Ridnour= in way too long for the Bucks

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Bulls Bobcats and Nets all have something in common, they struggle to score and they play some ugly ball offensivly.

  • His stroke looks better than that of Rose. With practice he (Jennings) looks like he could be a decent 3 pt shooter. Nd he has that fiery demeanor (cockiness) that gives him another dimension

    Rose's release point on the shot is not that high, which makes him suspect for a good mid-range game.

  • Pargo carrying us lmao

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Not exactly. DENG is carrying them.

  • We cant just keep trading baskets.

  • NICE COMEBACK!!!

    FINALLY, the 3-ball is falling for the Bulls. How about Luol Deng? 19 rebounds is a CAREER HIGH for him.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I guess Luol Deng ate his WHEATIES this morning.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Rose has come alive when needed.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    derrick baby.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Rose likes to get other involved early then basically take over in the 4th, but team was doing nothing, but crap for 32 minutes. BTW Salmons worst fit than Gordon next to Rose

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Jennings is an NBA player folks, I bet Knicks and are crying right now.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    that air ball shot that derrick took was not blocked was it doug?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    24 and 20 for Deng. Sickkkkkkkkkkkk.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    blockedddddddddddddddddd by Rose.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    wow what a game to sit through. It was ugly but we got the W.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Deng caps off great game by not bite on pump fake and forcing horrible shot. Does anybody else love how Neil belittles every little bad thing a opponent does

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    The Bulls ESCAPE with the VICTORY.

    In the words of Norm Van Lier, "48 Minutes of Intensity." The Bulls need to listen to him. Until they grasp that concept, they will continue to struggle.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Sometimes you don't have it Mr.Happy. BTW had much of stiffy did you get when Byars signed

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Is the fact that Deng has been playing well these games the reason that James Johnson isn't getting any playing time?

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