The Bulls walked away losers in Milwaukee last night, as they dropped a 93-96 decision to Scott Skiles and his troops. Bulls point guard Derrick Rose had a lot of positives and a lot of negatives, as he continues to face tough interior defenses. Rose had 25 points (10-25), 9 assists and seven free throw attempts. But all night long, he had problems getting around Bucks center Andrew Bogut, and saw five of his shot attempts blocked.
Chicago center Joakim Noah had 18 rebounds in the loss, but despite his impressive effort on the glass, he had little success in limiting Bogut, which has been an issue for the center this season when facing larger players.
Luol Deng is playing through a broken finger, which has affected his shot. This was the case last night as he went 5-of-10 from the free throw line, and hit just four of his 10 shots from the field for 13 points. Deng, playing in his sixth NBA season, has decided he wants to play all the 82 regular season games after missing large chunks of the two seasons prior.
Tonight, the Minnesota Timberwolves will enter the United Center. Power forward Kevin Love has established himself as one of the best rebounders in the NBA this year, and will go up against the much-slimmer Taj Gibson. Helping Love on the glass is Al Jefferson, who will match-up against Noah. Minnesota has a size advantage and is the superior inside scoring team, but have trouble defending. The Wolves give up close to 106 points a night, which is close to ten more points than they score.
Tyrus Thomas had a rough game at Milwaukee and look to bounce back tonight. Thomas provided three high-quality games after returning from a broken arm, and has struggled in the four games since. Tyrus has totalled 23 points in his last four games.