Charlotte acquired guard/forward Stephen Jackson earlier in the season to boost their offense. The much-troubled Jackson is scoring 20 points a night for the Bobcats, but has been inefficient from the get-go. Chicago will try to force him into taking bad shots and dare him to beat them through contested jumpers.
Derrick Rose had 19 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who beat the Bulls last night in Chicago. Chicago never connected in the second half, which saw Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook take over down the stretch and put them away.
Former Bull Tyson Chandler was acquired by Charlotte over the summer for forward/center Emeka Okafor. So far this season, Chandler has averaged 6.6 points and 7.0 rebounds in 25.7 minutes an evening. Coming out of Florida in 2007, Joakim Noah was often compared to Chandler, but has proven to be the more effective player offensively. Unfortunately that match-up won't be shown tonight, as Chandler is out with an injury and has been replaced by Nazr Mohammed.
Point guard Raymond Felton is having a career-year percentage wise as he's connecting on 47.1% from the field compared to his career mark of 40.5%. Felton is a strong defender, but he gives up a lot of speed to Derrick Rose, who will look to be aggresive tonight.
Forward Boris Diaw come off a 37-minute, 0-point, 2-rebound performance and will match-up against rookie Taj Gibson. Diaw is a strong ballhandler, which will test Gibson on the defensive end.
This is a game where Tyrus Thomas and his athletic abilities could be make a big difference. The Bobcats doesn't run a lot, nor are they specially athletic. Thomas could be a game-changer if he focus on the task at hand.