The Bulls beat the Boston Celtics last night with strong play from forward Luol Deng, center Joakim Noah and guards Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich. Tonight, they'll face the struggling Wizards from Washington, who is without their 111 million dollar man Gilbert Arenas. The all-star pointed a gun at teammate Javaris Crittenton, and has been suspended by the league for his actions. It is not known if Arenas will return.
That still leaves Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler. Two of the most versatile forwards in the eastern conference. Throw in Brendan Haywood and Randy Foye, and the Wizards are far from a poor-talented team.
Rookie Taj Gibson remains as solid as one can be, and will match-up with Jamison tonight. Gibson will have to play a lot of perimeter defense, as Jamison is a very capable shooter from behind the arc. Jamison, as well as Caron Butler, have both been involved in trade rumours that saw them come to Chicago.
Derrick Rose took over against Boston, despite getting into early foul trouble. The second-year man played roughly 30 minutes, and put Boston on their heels whenever he touched the ball. Rose pulled down 8 rebounds in addition to his 17 points. With no Arenas, Rose could have a huge game tonight.
Joakim Noah has played 37 games this season, but has already totalled 450 rebounds. Should the third-year center not grab a single rebound the rest of the season, he would still maintain an average of 5.5 a game. In other words, Noah has become one of the best rebounders in the NBA this season, and has been the Bulls' most consistent player all year long.
Luol Deng wrapped up the Boston game with 25 points, and was all over the court. The 6'9 small forward has struggled with a broken finger, but he seems to be connecting on his jumpers anyway.