The Bulls beat Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on Saturday, and will look to begin a new winning streak, as they take on the Indiana Pacers tonight. The Pacers are led by small forward Danny Granger. The 6'8 forward is a scorer, but has not shot the ball well this season. The Pacers have been a team with large inconsistencies, so the Bulls have a chance to catch them on a bad day.
Derrick Rose and Luol Deng took control over Miami, scoring 24 and 25 respectively. Deng slashed to the basket, and got to the free throw line 11 times, and Rose got eight free throw attempts.
The Bulls have to find some kind of outside game. They've hit just one three-pointer in their last 18 tries. Against a team like Indiana, it's important to have your shot going, as the Pacers have the 7'2 Roy Hibbert to challenge shots at the rim. Hibbert started off hot early in the season, but has cooled off since then.
Chicago suspended forward Tyrus Thomas the last game. The fourth-year veteran was not pleased with his amount of minutes against Atlanta, and apparently had some harsh words for head coach Vinny Del Negro. This isn't the first time Thomas has been in trouble. In fact, the 23-year old has clashed with all three head coaches who have worked beside him. Scott Skiles, Jim Boylan and Del Negro all have had words with Thomas.
Still out with plantar faciitis, Joakim Noah will be wearing street clothes tonight. Brad Miller has started for the injured Noah, and been able to spread the floor for the offensive players to create. Defensively the Bulls lost a step with the loss of Noah, which increases the responsibility of rookie Taj Gibson.
Chicago signed Chris Richard who came on strong against Miami. He grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots in 20 minutes of play against the 6'11 Jermaine O'Neal. Richard will see the floor again tonight, likely as the first big off the bench. An unusual role for a player signed to a 10-day contract.