The Bulls are back after the All-Star break, and will take on the Knicks the next two nights. In his first All-Star game point guard Derrick Rose had eight points and four assists in limited minutes, but asked East coach Stan Van Gundy to sit him for the final quarter. Rose sat out his first practice back, but says he will play tonight.
Bulls center Joakim Noah will likely sit out tonight, though. The third-year center has continued trouble with plantar fasciitis, and could use some time off.
Luol Deng will look to keep his hot streak going. The sixth-year forward has averaged 21.6 points a night over his last five contests, and has attempted over six free throws every game over his last four. Deng has been extra aggressive taking the ball inside, and the Bulls hope to see this production continue, unless they succeed in moving him for Minnesota forward Al Jefferson.
Tyrus Thomas is being shopped hard. Portland, New York, San Antonio and Houston have all shown interest in the athletic forward, and the Bulls are almost certain to move him before the deadline on Thursday.
Kirk Hinrich and John Salmons have popped up in rumors, and could also be moved over the next two days. Chicago is looking to shed salary for next year, and Salmons has a player option that can hurt them financially if he picks it up.
The New York Knicks is on the menu tonight, and the Bulls will have to defend the three-pointer tonight, as Danilo Gallinari is one of the better long-distance shooters in the league. Forward Al Harrington has been connected to the Bulls for Thomas, and Chicago will get a look at him over the next two nights.