Chicago Bulls @ Phoenix Suns, 9:30 PM CSN-Chicago

The Bulls come off a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, and faces the up-tempo Phoenix Suns tonight, with Steve Nash and Amar'e Stoudemire ready to go. This will be a good opportunity for second-year point guard Derrick Rose to see how he'll respond in a game with quicker pace.

Chicago will also get a look at Stoudemire, who is one of the big free agent names this upcoming summer. The Bulls have lacked a front-court scorer ever since Eddy Curry signed with the Knicks in 2005, and could give Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer and Chris Bosh a look.

Joakim Noah got a lesson in rebounding from veteran Marcus Camby the other night. Camby pulled down an impressive 25 rebounds, and had a career-high 27 boards against the Bulls last season. Tonight, Noah will try to guard Stoudemire, Channing Frye and Robin Lopez. Frye has been benched in favour of Lopez, who responded with a 20-point, 7-rebound outing against his twin brother Brook Lopez and the New Jersey Nets.

Tonight, the Bulls will have to make good use of forward Luol Deng. The sixth-year forward will match-up against the older and slower Grant Hill, which could be an opportunity to attack the basket for the 24-year old.

Taj Gibson and Tyrus Thomas will assist Joakim Noah with the task of guarding Amar'e Stoudemire, and Gibson especially will use his lenght and quick feet to throw the all-star off his game.

Phoenix has a deep bench, and the Bulls need to get ready for Jason Richardson and Channing Frye as soon as they enter. Both are great shooters, so the Bulls must be aware of guarding the long ball.

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  • I think Salmons will play.

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/01/bulls-salmons-to-play-vs-suns.html

    That's good. Of course, I'm still not confident about a win.

  • DERRICK ROSE TO HELP HAITI.

    Root for DROSE to score big tonight. He's donating $1,000 per point to the Haiti Relief Fund.

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/01/chicago-bulls-derrick-rose-to-assist-haiti-with-points-against-phoenix-suns.html

    Nice job young fella!!!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    this coming from the guy that wants Rose dealt because he is soft lmao

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Wow...the Nuggets want Aaron Gray. I say we do it....

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Manonneptune that was reported last week. Did you hear it again today?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Our starters have been killing it so far however we need John Salmons and either Tyrus or James to contribute in the second half if we want to win, our starters will get tired playing the suns fast pace style.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Did you see Grant Hill point at Lindsey Hunter after that play? lol omg old day pistons in the house.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    so im going to throw this out here right now, win or lose, i am glad to see that vinny didnt call a timeout in the first 6 of the 3rd quarter, sometimes he is too quick to the TO, the team needs to learn how to play through rough stretches.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Rose with a rare 3. He is hot tonight.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Rose on the bench to start the 4th like usual. Expect the Suns to make their run now.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    God Ty with another deep J that missed.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Goran fricken Dragic with the 3 to cut it within 2.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Tyrus continuing to play horribly..Multiple times ive seen him have an easy dunk n just go up like a child n basically lets the defender get a block on it.....n on top of it taking a 20 ft jumper constantly in transition....o n that last up n under he just tried haha please get rid of him!!!!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Rose is back and he just missed a jumper.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    GAME OVER.....THAT DUNK WAS SICK!!!!! I WANNA GO HIGHER....

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Rose just said to Dragic tell me how my balls taste lmaooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo dunkage

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Mr. Happy,

    Did Rose draw enough contact on that dunk for you? $29,000 and counting....

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Is that tuff enough for you Mr.Happy? well? i dont here your bitching. Let go rose baby.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Bulls want a Big guy who can shoot....go get channing frye....guy wont miss

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    we want a post player, not a Ty Thomas with more range.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    as a guy coming off the bench...role player....just sayin i totally agree on that tho but an all star if anything

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I agree with that, Channing is a nice player to have off the bench.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    sick play by Rose, pump fake trying to draw the foul but hit the shot.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I think this game got rose in the allstar game

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    derrick rose is fricken amazing! especially against terrible defenses. Imagine if we ha shooters around him, jesus crap, he'd be unstoppable against an honest defense.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    good win. no injured guys on the other side. beating a quality team

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    oh my what a game. I love Noah and Rose.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    ya rose was amazing tonight despite lacking in the assist department but thats because no one finishin for him. I agree with rod i think that definitely boosted his chance for the allstar game... 2 30 plus games in the past 4...

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I am curious, but do you clowns masquerading as experts ever actually watch a game before you post a column, or do you just read the box score.

    "Noah got a lesson in rebounding from Camby". Noah didn't paly against Camby, Noah plays center and went up against Chris Kaman the entire night(he may have had his problems with Kaman, but he didn't give up 25 rebounds to Camby who primarily plays power forward for the Clippers.

    Camby got his 25 rebounds against that pathetic excuse for a power forward Taj Gibson, and that absolute piece of garbage Tyrus Thomas. Those guys couldn't box out their grandmother on the way to the mailbox to pick up her social security check.

    And apparently you so called experts couldn't either. What a D-Bag

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Bulls had nice lane clogging help D on Nash's drives. And you have to give Noah credit. He had some shots blocked, foul trouble, but he just kept bringing it. How many times is he gonna make clutch free(throws)s down the stretch? And Derrick was shooting like the best damn guard(except D-wade) in the Eastern Conference. That dunk, the one good angle they had on it from the foul line, you could see he had to quickly duck under the backboard his head was so far up in the air on that throw down. It will be a crime if they don't get an All-Star/2010 big time scorer to pair with D. There's just no doubt you give him the energy of some star power around him, and he's going to be a big time star in this league. No question. 2010 All-Star.. from Chicaggoo!! Derrick Rose! If not, then light their rookie asses up in the Rookie/Soph game. D, what a f-ing game tonight. Fourth best selling jersey in the league. Where's the iconic nickname for this kid?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Amare Stoudemire just witnessed what he might be playing with next season. Anybody else see Amare talking to many of the Bulls players.He was talking with Noah,Deng and Rose. Amare coming to Chicago this summer imo.

  • doug i wouldnt mind see'in amare as our 2010 piece....as long as a deep team is also made that offseason....think about this

    deng for amare (trade) obv. not striaght up but amare gives us a front court guy..a big who runs the floor with rose,scores off of picks and one on ones.can shoot and post up..amare is a all star and deng isnt..the money from deng and tyrus combined if tyrus was ever resigned would total amares'..

    also moving louls future contract and putting it into amares..we can afford more players..i think we should go after amare and barbosa as a package by the deadline..we dont have a true six man..salmons can start and shouldnt be looked as a future piece..

    rose,amare & noah with a deep team and great coach would make us contend in this conference every year..2 allstars a coach and deep team and supporting cast is a championship recipe..look at the every finals and good team...2 stars,deep team and a good coach..amare is the easiest and if you took away the year where he avg 8 points because he barely played...he would avg 23 & 9 for his career..besides his eye injury wont happend again so last year he wouldve had not missed time..which mean the knee injury also was never a problem..look at yao,garnett,loul and etc..once you hurt it you usally always hurt it..its been 4 years since amare has delt with it..why not get him? moving loul for him gives us a better front court and spaces the floor with a better and more talented player..plus he fits with joakim and obv. derrick

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