The New York Knicks square off against the Chicago Bulls tonight. Chicago is coming off a tough loss to the defending Champions Lakers. The Bulls fought hard throughout, but came up short due to the 42 point performance from Kobe Bryant.
Bulls center Joakim Noah ripped down 20 rebounds and swatted six shots, while primarily being matched up against Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. Noah was active all night long, and forced the Lakers to beat the Bulls from the perimeter.
Point guard Derrick Rose was aggresive going to the basket, but missed a lot of close shots due to the Lakers' big men. Rose finished with 21 points.
Luol Deng hit a three-point basket in garbage time, bringing his total to ten makes on the year, and that on 45% accuracy. The small forward removed the three-point shot from his game back in 06/07, but has had moderate success with it the last two seasons.
Power forward Tyrus Thomas is still out with an arm injury and will miss tonights contest. Thomas was rumoured to New York last month for Al Harrington, the Knicks' best scorer. Harrington was on the Bulls' radar last season as well, when Golden State and Chicago flirted with a Kirk Hinrich/Al Harrington swap. But Hinrich went down with an injury, and talks died.
Forward Taj Gibson has done well since coming off the bench. In just under 26 minutes, the rookie has increased his scoring, rebounding and shot-blocking. Gibson has been far more effective than newly appointed starter Brad Miller, who seems to struggle on the road. Lucky for him, the game tonight is at the United Center. The Bulls will have a chance at seing their old pal Chris Duhon, plus Larry Hughes and Eddy Curry. Both former Bulls as well.