Last time the Bulls visited the Warriors, Derrick Rose took over down the stretch and won the game for Chicago. Tonight, Rose and the Bulls will look to build on their four-game winning streak. After a double-overtime win against Washington, Chicago moved to 18-20 on the season.
Rose scored a career-high 37 points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished 6 assists at the United Center, only 24 hours after taking over in the fourth quarter at Boston. The former top pick is beginning to live up to expectations.
Golden State is led by guard Monta Ellis. The high-scoring combo guard averages 26.1 points a night and is the primary offensive force for the high-paced Warriors. One downside to the Warriors is their lack of depth. This was apparent when they faced the Bucks some days ago. The Warriors dressed just eight players, and after Anthony Morrow went down early, they were limited to seven players for the rest of the game. After Chris Hunter and Andris Biedrins fouled out, they had just five players available. At that point rookie guard Stephen Curry picked up his sixth foul, but had to remain in the game because the rules states that every NBA team needs five players on the floor.
Bulls center Joakim Noah is often compared to Biedrins, and will tonight look to dominate the glass on the defensive end. Along with rookie Taj Gibson and sixth-year forward Luol Deng, the Bulls are expected to use their size advantage all game long. In order for the Bulls to compete, they must also turn up their offensive tempo.
Kirk Hinrich may not be available due to the flu. Guard/forward John Salmons will be ready to step into the starting line-up if necessary. Reserve forward Tyrus Thomas also has the potential to be a big key tonight. The athletic forward can run the floor, rebound the ball and clog the lane on the faster Warriors.