Chicago Bulls @ San Antonio Spurs, 7:30 PM CSN-Chicago

Chicago has run off two straight with point guard Derrick Rose averaging 26 points on 63% from the field. Rose dominated with 32 points at Phoenix and then added 20 at Houston. With Bulls center Joakim Noah out of action, veteran center Brad Miller stepped up and scored a season-high 25 points on a series of jumpers and close shots.

Tonight, the Bulls are in San Antonio to take on the Spurs. Former MVP and four-time NBA Champion Tim Duncan scored his 20,000th point at Houston three days ago, and is having the second-highest scoring rate (per36) of his career.

Bulls rookie Taj Gibson played a strong game at Houston, finishing with 16 points and 14 rebounds. He'll match up against San Antonio's frontcourt of Duncan, Antonio McDyess and DeJuan Blair. All three are large bodies who can rebound the basketball and get shots at close range. With Noah out, Gibson will have to play another strong game for the Bulls to stand a chance.

Richard Jefferson got traded to San Antonio over the summer, and his numbers have dipped across the board. San Antonio shares the ball, which has hurt Jefferson's isolation opportunities, and he has instead become a spot-up shooter. Luol Deng will have to establish himself offensively, and try to take advantage of the extra energy he'll gain from not having to focus on Jefferson.

The Bulls will also need strong performances from Kirk Hinrich, Miller and John Salmons. All three have had their struggles over the course of the season, but lately, they've fallen into line and been productive.

Chicago won the first game against the Spurs in the season opener, and they'll look to sweep the season series tonight. Bulls fans will get another look at DeJuan Blair who a lot of people wanted in the 2009 NBA Draft.   

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  • If Derrick Rose wants to make an impression, in terms of the All-Star game, then it would be in his best interest to outplay Tony Parker and LEAD the Bulls to VICTORY tonight.

  • Amar'e Stoudemire getting TRADED to the Chicago Bulls?

    http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/64253/20100125/suns_increasing_efforts_to_deal_stoudemire/

    Now, if I'm John Paxson and/or Gar Forman, I'm not NOT giving up Kirk Hinrich or John Salmons for Amar'e Stoudemire. Instead, I would try to pull of this deal.

    To Bulls: Amar'e Stoudemire, Robin Lopez and Jarron Collins
    To Suns: Tyrus Thomas, Brad Miller, James Johnson and a #1 Pick

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=yjtek68

    Why this works for Phoenix?

    They drafted Earl Clark and would get Ty Thomas to share the load at PF. Grant Hill is close to retirement, so they could make James Johnson the SF of the future. They have Channing Frye and Louis Amundson at Center already, so Robin Lopez is expendable and getting a veteran like Brad Miller couldn't hurt and he has an expiring contract.

    If the Bulls keep Hinrich and Salmons and get Amar'e Stoudemire, you never know what they could do in the Eastern Conference this year and beyond.

    PG - Rose/Pargo
    SG - Hinrich/Salmons
    SF - Deng/Salmons
    PF - Stoudemire/Gibson
    C - Noah/Lopez

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    why would they trade two starters for none? and there are soo many better deals for amare so if you think that tyrus is viewed as that main piece when we wont get a lotto pick and jj you are out ya mind...

  • Playing GM, if I were able to get Amar'e Stoudemire, I would then go after Jason Kapono, Royal Ivey and Nick Young.

    To Bulls: Jason Kapono and Royal Ivey
    To Sixers: Jerome James and CASH

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=yfrb75v

    To Bulls: Nick Young
    To Wizards: Jannero Pargo and CASH

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=ygrdltm

    Along with Amar'e, that gives the Bulls a loaded roster for the playoffs.

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    >To Bulls: Amar'e Stoudemire, Robin Lopez and Jarron Collins
    >To Suns: Tyrus Thomas, Brad Miller, James Johnson and a #1 Pick

    It's a good deal. Kerr's the GM down in Phoenix so you never know, the Bulls might have an inside track. They might hesitate at giving Lopez for JJ though.

    >To Bulls: Nick Young
    >To Wizards: Jannero Pargo and CASH

    Yeah sure, why not. If they're dumb enough to go for it absolutely.
    Personally, I'd like to see the Bulls move Deng to Golden State for some guards and expirings like say --

    To Bulls: Morrow, Azubuike, Claxton
    To GSW: Luol Deng
    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=yl6aybf

    >To Bulls: Jason Kapono and Royal Ivey
    >To Sixers: Jerome James and CASH

    Now that's just nuts lol

  • The Chicago Bulls could try this.

    To Bulls: Amar'e Stoudemire
    To Suns: Tyrus Thomas, Luol Deng, Aaron Gray and a #1 Pick

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=yj2j28e

    The Suns need a SF and they did draft Deng back in the day, before trading him to the Bulls. And as I said, Clark and Thomas could share the load at PF.

    The Bulls would still need to get another Shooting Guard.

    PG - Rose/Pargo
    SG - Hinrich/?
    SF - Salmons/Johnson
    PF - Stoudemire/Gibson
    C - Noah/Miller

    That's not bad either. It gets rid of Deng's BAD CONTRACT.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    thats the only way it happends...loul and tyrus have to be on the table along with a expiring..sadly gray was traded...but thats the deal they'll take 9/10 times..loul,tyrus,a pick and a expiring

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    same illness? i believe its called the flu lol. So far the spurs are dominating in the paint.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    does anyone else notice that the spurs have one more point then they shoudl have? THey gave parker a tech. freee throw that he actually missed, hopefully it gets picked up or doesnt affect the outcome

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Richard Jefferson has to be one of the worst offseason aquisitions. He has been horrid, great move by the Bucks by dealing him.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    JJ with the break away dunk. Bulls up 38-33.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    hey man, if you have tivo, am i going crazy or did parker miss a FT at around the 8 minute mark of the 1st quarter, that they gave him anyway?

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    here comes the Spurs. Roger Mason drills a 3.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Ugly end to the half with the spurs going on a run however we still have a two points advantage.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    What is Vinny Del Negro doing? It's not coaching.

    With 2 mins. 43 secs. left in the 1st half, the Bulls had a 52-43 lead. A full timeout is called. Vinny Del Negro FAILS to get DROSE into the game during the timeout. As a result, the Spurs go on a 7-0 run to close out the half.

    INEXCUSABLE!!!

    Vinny Del Negro needs to learn how to coach pro basketball.

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    In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Bulls shooting 57.5% for the first half. Maybe they should get the flu more often

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    it will continue to fall.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    shooting to start the 2nd half not so hot.

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    In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Hinrich's still lighting them up tho. It's not often he gets to play against a shorter man so he's taking advantage.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Kirk is hottttttttttttttt. 8-13 for 18 pts. Is he putting on a show for Celts or Lakers?

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Kirk is hottttttttttttttt. 8-13 for 18 pts. Is he putting on a show for Celts or Lakers?

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    In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Face it newskool, kirk and the bulls are married for life. He gets more respect and playing time in this organization than he would anywhere else except a european squad.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    I dont mind, i have always had a special place for Kirk in my heart for some reason. Brad Miller with another drive to the basket. 69-63 baby.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Tyrus and James must be declared legally retarted.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    damn 77-72 after Manu free throws.

    Brad just nailed a 3.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Oh man Manu is such a flopper.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Derricks arc on his jumper is amazing compared to what it was at the start of the season.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Hey Doug wasnt the league supposed to crack down on flopping two years ago?

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Did Brad Miller find the fountain of youth along with Juwan Howard?

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Seeing the spurs retired jerseys make me sick, Bulls need to retire some role players jerseys like Rodman and Kukoc.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Man Bulls fell asleep and let TD get the easy layup.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Kirk dribbling into a crowd.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    I totally forgot Deng was playing tonight until that last play, he has been so quiet.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    TD is such a whiner.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Noah just shoved TD out of the way because he was trying to listen to what Vinny was saying lmao

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    I still swear that parker missed that tech free throw and they should have one less point, anyone remember if he made it?

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    what a win. Thank God the refs didnt buy that little bump Manu tried to sell. Great job by Noah late.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    The SCHIZO Bulls strike again.

    YES, BULLS WIN!!!

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Noah with a rare 2 pts and 1 rebound first half, i am scared about his injury.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Blair has had some bad misses.

    Bulls at 71% shooting right now.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Rose with 14 of our 44 pts.

  • Are the T-Wolves interested in Luol Deng?

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski they could be.

    "The Wolves are mostly eyeing small forwards, including the Memphis Grizzlies

  • INJURY REPORT:

    It doesn't look like Joakim Noah will play tonight.

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/01/banged-up-bulls-face-spurs.html

    Brad Miller will have to play BIG again!!!

  • Let me ask you a question Mr. Happy, why must you turn every thread into your little rant on trades? Just talk about the game.

  • we need a body and fast. Noah is hurting, Brad Millers knees are acting up. We may see some major minutes from Gray tonight. We need to sign cezary trybanski to a ten day contract asap.

  • I don't know if this has been talked about, but Rose is now sick with the same illness that took out Salmons and Hinrich. It's going to look very, very ugly if both him and Noah can't suit up.

  • Vinny had confidence in him i guess. He was 33 for his last 36 free throws before that miss. He made his last 3 after that DT.

  • How rare is it to win in SA and Hou in the same season. Am I crazy or have the Bulls NEVER won in SA, Hou, and Dallas in the same year. Mavericks game in March. Stay tuned.

  • does anyone else find it ironic, that the almost eternal pessimist, mrhappy's name is mr happy?

  • It would be FOOLISH for the Bulls' management to trade Hinrich and Salmons, right now.

    I have a better idea.

    To Bulls: Amar'e Stoudemire
    To Suns: Tyrus Thomas, James Johnson, Jannero Pargo and Jerome James

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=ygelpg4

    Bring in Stoudemire and Brown, then find a few D-league players to fill out the roster. That might be the way to go.

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