Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics, 7:00 PM TNT

With Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace out for tonight, the Bulls have a chance at catching the Celtics off guard, and perhaps even squeeze out a win. Bulls guard Derrick Rose comes off a huge 22-point, 9-assist in just 25 minutes of action against the Pistons on Monday.

With Boston limited to Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis in the front line, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson could become big contributors for tonight. Noah had an impressive 8-for-8 performance at the line that game, and wrapped up the evening with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Gibson has played with plantar fasciitis during the season. Despite the injury, the rookie has played tough and consistent throughout. The Bulls have lacked consistency from the power forward position for a long time, and have been satisfied with Gibson this season.

Luol Deng, who had 27 points and six rebounds against the Pistons, will face Finals MVP Paul Pierce, a player Deng has done well with in the past. Deng still has a broken finger, so look for impact to be mostly defensively.

With Kirk Hinrich and John Salmons switching roles on the team, the Bulls seem to have found consistency from behind the arc. During January, the Bulls have hit 5.7 from behind the line a game, compared to their regular average of roughly 3.5 makes a night. Both Salmons and Hinrich have reached the 37% mark, and will hope to build on that.

Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf spoke of 2010, and made it clear the Bulls want to be a player in the free agent market. It's been reported that the Bulls might even be interested in signing two major free agents that summer, which will undoubtedly make them championships contenders, if they succeed.

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  • The Bulls have to play with playoff-like intensity tonight (1-12).

  • And since Gilbert Arenas just got charged with a felony, how about a new trade?

    To Bulls: Nick Young and Mike Miller
    To Wizards: Kirk Hinrich and Jannero Pargo (or James Johnson)

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=ygbzdm5

  • This is a great opportunity for the Bulls to steal a win against the Celtics. It would've been prefect if this was a home game, but you can't beat the odds of playing the C's without KG and Rashweed.

  • Hinrich is boosting his trade value in this game...

  • Wow tyrus...i mean really, falling over tables.....

  • Rose, Gibson and Thomas need to get their head in the game!!!

    I think Hinrich and Deng are playing great. The only thing I didn't like was Hinrich turning the ball over in the last posession of the 2nd quarter.

    If he would have slowed it down and let the Bulls take the last shot they could have won that quarter or at least played the Celtics even. They need to play smarter than that.

    Hopefully Rose can stay on the floor and dominate this game in the second half.

  • Rumored HINRICH and THOMAS Trade:

    This is what I heard.

    To Bulls: Brendan Haywood, Steve Blake and Mike Miller
    To Blazers: Kirk Hinrich and Tyrus Thomas
    To Wizards: Travis Outlaw, Andre Miller and Jannero Pargo

    http://www.realgm.com/src_checktrade.php?tradeid=5384742

    That gives the Bulls enough money to go after two top FA's.

    (Wade and Bosh?)

  • You could easily do S and T for Bosh though with you having only to fill only 4 million instead of full 16 million

  • Amazing how Rose has 3 fouls, and hasn't fouled one time.

  • I'm glad these refs are calling a fair game

  • I can't figure out if Gibson is quietly making a lot of mistakes or if he's really an overly well polished rookie. I like what I SEE, but wonder if I'm missing some off-the-ball mistakes.

  • Yeah, what's happening to DRose all the sudden.. ball looks like it's hotter than the center of a hot pocket.

  • The Celts got us right where they want us. What is it about certain teams.. they always seem like they know they're gonna beat you, even when you're ahead in the 2nd half? The Pistons of a few years ago always felt that way to me.

  • ESPN rumor section.

    Of course, they need Salmons to opt out as well.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    They also mention the Bulls going after LBJ and CB4. I think it would be DWADE and BOSH though.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Rose and Noah need HUGE 4th quarters.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Don't forget -- they have the zebras on their side.. and that will come into play most likely. I'd love to see some Deng slashing and Noah dunking right about now. Rose is unstoppable lately -- time to do it when it really matters.

  • You must of not seen many of our 4th quarters on the road

  • OK we look terrible to start this quarter. TERRIBLE.

  • For the record: I can't stand Eddie House. There are a few guys I would never want to see in Bulls uniforms no matter how they could help our team -- Eddie House and James Posey.

  • In reply to jmwebb:

    The one player I never wanted to see in a Bulls uniform ended up in one once...John Starks.

  • In reply to jmwebb:

    Well 6 point game with 3:49 left.

  • In reply to jmwebb:

    My prediction of a 20-20 record by January 20th stays intact.

    Nice win!!!

  • In reply to jmwebb:

    Really great play by the Bulls tonight! Great win!

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