Chicago Bulls @ Milwaukee Bucks, 7:30 PM CSN-Chicago

Derrick Rose has found his game over the past 15 games, and tonight he'll face super-rookie point guard Brandon Jennings, who has seen harder defenses thrown against him over the last month. Rose had 24 points and nine assists against the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday, but struggled hanging onto the ball, as he finished with 7 turnovers.

On the season, Rose leads the team in scoring at 18.6 points a game and has added 5.8 assists. The second-year man has taken ownership of the team and is becoming a leader for his team, especially at the beginning of games where he has grown more comfortable in a scoring role.

After Vinny Del Negro inserted guard Kirk Hinrich into the starting line-up for John Salmons, the Bulls have shot the ball better from three-point territory and have seen improved ball-movement. Salmons in his newly-adopted sixth man role has seen his efficiency increase, as he now carries less responsibility. Salmons is shooting 48.1% from the floor, including 55% from behind the arc on high volume in the six games he's played off the bench this year. He's averaging 12.3 points a night in 26 minutes, whereas he scored 13.4 points in 36 minutes a night as a starter.

Hinrich in his starting assignment has hit the long ball at a 45.8% mark, but still struggles with his overall shots, as he's connected on just 38.3% of his shots overall. He is however adding 5.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds.

Tyrus Thomas has been up and down since he returned from injury. After averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds over his first three, Thomas has slowed down and scored just 19 total points over his last three contests. Against the Bucks, Thomas should be able to stretch his athleticism and get to the basket easily.

After 33 games played, Bulls center Joakim Noah has 401 rebounds to his credit. Noah is on pace to grab 996 rebounds for the season, assuming he plays in all 82 games. The last Bull to grab more than 1,000 rebounds in a season was Dennis Rodman who in 1997/1998 grabbed 1201 boards, playing alongside Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

Chicago will face former Bulls head coach Scott Skiles, who is slowly getting criticized by the local Bucks fans.

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  • The Bulls play some subpar teams over the next 7 games.

    @ Milwaukee
    @ Minnesota
    vs. Detroit
    @ Boston
    vs. Washington
    @ Golden State
    @ Los Angeles Clippers

    It sure would be nice to see them STEP IT UP a notch and go 6-1 during this stretch, so they can get back to .500 (20-20) by January 20th. It all starts tonight vs. the Bucks.

    Rose vs. Jennings, Noah vs. Bogut and the Bulls bench vs. the Bucks bench will obviously be the key match-ups. If the Bulls win the majority of those match-ups, then I expect them to come out on top.

    I hope Rose, in particular, takes his match-up personally. He needs to start winning the head-to-head match-ups with the other young PG's around the NBA, if he wants to be considered the best at his position.

  • Doug,

    Did you see this story about Scottie Pippen?

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Little-People-Big-Pippen-and-the-most-bizarre-;_ylt=Anir0VFkdooY5LKa2UpPiDy8vLYF?urn=nba,212554

  • Byron Scott just got hired by Bulls!!!!

  • Somebody better tell Vinny..

  • We would be winning if we had Coby Karl.....

  • Vinny great call by subbing in the worst clutch player in the league

  • Hard to imagine this team making the playoffs yet winning more than 32 games

  • Typical Chicago Bulls basketball. Pist another win-able game away.

    CHANGES NEED TO BE MADE!!!

    - VDN needs to be FIRED!!!
    - FAT ASS James Johnson needs to be TRADED!!!
    - IMMATURE IDIOT Tyrus Thomas needs to be CUT LOOSE!!!

    I'm tired of watching this BS!!!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    This solves nothing. The problem is 2 of our 4 best players are the most unclutch players and the league+ Noah has no offensive game. So it's basically Rose do everything and maybe we'll make a basket

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