Chicago Bulls vs Minnesota Timberwolves, 7:00 PM WGN

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.

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    Gotta find some way to be a cockeyed optimist about this one so here goes: the Bulls have won the last 3 on WGN. Well that's somethin ain't it??

  • Future WNBA'er eh?

  • i pray future bull al jefferson =) doesnt kill noah again for the billionth time..i heard their testing out his trade market and see whats out there if so...we should jump all on it..regardless of what chris bosh is good and great but his demand for the contract money is outrageous he doesnt deserve a max..al jeff has one of the cheapest contracts for a up and coming or already came up stars..how bout tyrus,joakim,loul cash and a 1st for big al,ryan gomes and wayne ellington..minny wants athletic bigs supposedly and loul gives them a swingman the despertly need..cash and this years 1st makes them get a hell of a deal..i would kinda feel robbed about giving up that much..but big al and d.rose lol thats too good of a future along with 2010 cap..what everybody think? big al in the windy city..

  • Forget bosh and overpaying him and giving up alot probably for him..he might land in houston anyway or here still..but give me a team of rose,al jefferson,athletic tough defenders/shooters,and kevin martin as your manu ginobli and a big time coach..and i would be happy..3 20 point scores,kevin martin a 6th man to keep him fresh and rose and jefferson might be the best at their postion in a few years..watch..

  • Minnesota has the better team, so don't be surprised to see the Chicago Bulls fall on their faces once again.

    It's obvious this team is nothing more than a collection of UNDER-ACHIEVERS and IMMATURE IDIOTS, led by Tyrus Thomas and James Johnson.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I'd would rather watch NFL playoff football, then watch the Chicago Bulls find a new way to frustrate and disappoint their blue-collar fans, like myself, over and over again.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    On the bright side of things, a Bulls home loss to the T-Wolves should be enough to get Vinny Del Negro FIRED. That would be a good thing, because he has no business coaching NBA basketball. He would be better coaching High School ball or perhaps Jr. college basketball.

    By the way, did anybody hear how James Johnson's tryout with the LUV-A-BULLS went? I think he has a strong chance at making their 2nd unit.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Doug Thonus, I really hoped you picked out a nice skirt for your boy, James Johnson.

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    In reply to MrHappy:

    Damn nice of them to spot another team 10 points in the UC.
    Charitabulls again.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    OMG JAMES JOHNSON WITH THA MONSTER THROWDOWN ON AL JEFFERSON!!!!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Am i the only one that's realizing how much Deng is holding that thumb?!?

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Am I the only one who has noticed that Deng is wearing tape on the thumb on his left hand, not his right.

    Last time that I checked Deng was a right handed shooter, was he not.

    so what exactly is his beef. Kobe has been hitting game winning shots with a messed up index finger on his shooting hand, not his off hand.

    Also, Deng has very little tape on that thumb, so I doubt that it is actually broken.

    Sounds like more whining by the Marshmellow man.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Tyrus Thomas looked really inspired out there tonight. He and Johnson need to be traded. Here's a new one for everybody.

    To Bulls: Nick Young and Andray Blatche
    To Cleveland: A. Jamison
    To Wizards: Z. Ilguaskas, Tyrus Thomas and James Johnson

    http://www.realgm.com/src_checktrade.php?tradeid=5373126

    There are reports that Washington wants to cut salary and Cleveland wants Jamison, so why not? The Bulls would get their young SG and a nice young PF in the deal.

    It could make some sense for each team.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    You can't do a 3 way deal unless every team recieves another teams parts so the Cavs would have to give us something and we would have to send them something

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    okay now he's becoming ignorant fan whos always complaining. you dont trade tyrus thomas and james johnson for nick you and andray blatche..now thats being stupid..if chris bosh or any pf was to move by the deadline its because of the intruging potiential tyrus has..you dont give up a potiential big trading piece for A. a guy in nick young who cant get any playing time..and B andray blatche who is the perfect meaning of solid player..you get nothing special out of this..you dont help a divison rival get better and bring in solid would never be anything or get traded for anything players..not bad players but your picking out obvs. the main two players you dont like..

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    The Bulls can't do a straight up deal with Toronto and get Chris Bosh. That's unrealistic.

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    To Nets: Tyrus Thomas
    To Bulls: Terrence Williams and Josh Boone

    That works too, considering TWILL isn't playing and Tyrus would start in Toronto.

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    Here's a bette version of my Chris Bosh trade.

    To Bulls: Chris Bosh and Sonny Weems
    To Raptors: David West, John Salmons and two #1 Picks
    To Hornets: Tyrus Thomas and Jannero Pargo

    http://www.realgm.com/src_checktrade.php?tradeid=5373301

    Toronto couldn't find a better deal than that. You have to know that New Orleans wants to dump salary. David West is a logical choice, plus they really like Jannero Pargo.

    And contrary to what Doug "I love James Johnson" Thonus thinks, David West is a pretty good ball player. He has averaged 20 and 8 the last two seasons.

    It's worth a call or two.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    theyr not goina want salmons..period..the guy cant start on this team right now or when we struggle so why would they want him again?,,he is 30 with a player option and doesnt even have a big cap number to be intriguing..like i said the best deal for them would be the deal reported that might happend with hinrich,tyrus and a 1st rounder..but i dont think toronto would love it but they like it enough that the rumor hasnt been shot down even though its going on a week now..but the deal in order to be loved must give them cap relief and more intrigue.. a deal of hinrich,tyrus,2 st rounders,jj and jerome james for bosh,and take on evans and banks' contracts..i promise toronto would bite if they was goina trade bosh by the deadline..they want a future and cap relief with a really solid or above average player..not just 2 30 players who bring no future and take up cap space..

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    No offense, but most of these trade scenarios really seem like there would not be significant enough improvements to justify going through with (ie. pointless). To me it seems like shuffling slop around. The Bulls first and foremost must deal with the largest problem that will cause the most significant impact, Coaching.

    Sure, you can go out there and get these other no name players who are supposed improvements, but if the chessmaster has no experience moving the chess pieces, which Vinny has proven he does not...then those players are quite likely to underachieve as well. If Lovie and Turner can make Cutler look THAT bad...I can't wait to see what happens if we don't get rid of Vinny...and some of these mediocre trades actually go through.

  • In reply to SillyStats:

    Vinny's not out there in the clutch when we need to make shots. Coaching is one of the most overrated things. The thing with that will cause the most significant impact would be talent. Would you rather get Phil Jackson or Lebron James

  • In reply to SillyStats:

    This is the trade to make.

    http://www.realgm.com/src_checktrade.php?tradeid=5373301

    Bulls Lineup:

    PG - Rose, SG - Hinrich, SF - Deng, PF - Bosh, C - Noah

    Raptors Lineup:

    PG - Calderon, SG - Salmons, SF - Turkoglu, PF - West, C - Bargnani

    Hornets Lineup:

    PG - Paul, SG - Peja, SF - Posey, PF- Thomas, C - Okafor

    It's works for each team, especially now with Pargo in the deal.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    The Bulls or New Orleans could throw-in a young SF (Johnson or Wright), which would give the Raptors a VET and a younger player at each position.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    OK Mr Happy we get it stop posting the damn trade over and over again don't you think it would of happened already?
    Also don't rip on Doug for liking James Johnson, give him a break. You get so shattered every time we lose.

  • In reply to 6timechamps:

    The trade-deadline is coming, so expect more just like it.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    It's not like there aren't any Chris Bosh rumors out there already. My trade ideas are justified.

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    In reply to Dpauley23:

    Sacramento just pulled that comeback kid business again. This time on Denver. Sick game, they're getting good at this.

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    how about this trade

    rip hamilton & loul deng

    i mean why wouldnt this deal be good?

    hamilton gets paid more but is on a 1 year lesser contract..
    detroit gets away from the cloged backcourt..
    gets their long term replacement for tayshaun(loul 24)
    we get a point guards best friend(off ball guard with range)
    hamilton also brings championship experience and could help with the development with rose with or instead lidnsey..
    but i mean why wouldnt this deal work..
    detroit needs a slasher instead of just another shooter..
    they want a 3 guard rotation with stuckey,gordon and bynum
    we get 1 yr off away of dengs contract,the exact same production in 16-18 points a night..hamilton wouldnt be asked to carry a load or even be a second or third option...i say do this deal and then with the rumor of bosh coming here for hinrich,thomas and a pick..add jerome james and another 1st for evans and banks with bosh..we wouldnt give up much because we might make the playoffs and not get a lottery pick..and next years draft is weak and we would have a winning team so the draft shouldnt be on our minds...

    D.Rose
    Rip Hamilton
    Travis Outlaw
    Chris Bosh
    Joakim Noah

    i used travis outlaw as a example of who should play the 3 because of his youth,range, size and freakish athleticism and play without dominating the ball

    and a scoring 6th man who can put up points with his mintues(barbosa?) ..just a thought but i def like the idea of bringing in hamilton for rose and bringing in bosh with that deal and pairing him with joakim like hamilton and rose..

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    That's not true.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    how they cant?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    lmao the last part makes sense =)..but minny doesnt have the better team..just better front court led by kevin love and =) big al baby..i love him..he's coming back off the surgery and lookin like his all star form..intersting to see love vs noah on the boards and big al vs noah in the paint...d.rose will explode..just my prediction..

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