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.