With Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla out, the Blazers decided to make a push for a center. They acquired the second-leading rebounder in the NBA in Marcus Camby only to see him go down as well. Camby's status is unknown for the game tonight. Should the experienced shot-blocker not play tonight, the Bulls have an open lane all night long against LaMarcus Aldridge and Juwan Howard.
Chicago come off a 120-110 win over the Pacers on Wednesday. Luol Deng erupted for 31 points and nine rebounds, and All-Star point guard Derrick Rose closed in on a triple-double with 23 points, nine boards and 8 assists.
The Bulls are slowly working Joakim Noah back into the rotation, but they'll have to be patient. Noah is not moving as quickly or as versatile as he does healthy, so the Bulls will limit his minutes when they see him struggle running the court.
Lucky for Noah, Bulls rookie Taj Gibson has picked up the slack after the All-Star break with 12.8 points and 11.2 rebounds in just under 30 minutes a night. Gibson is being incorporated more and more into the offense and has improved his rebounding dramatically over the course of the season.
Guard Flip Murray has been a positive addition for the Bulls so far. The veteran scorer has worked well as an off-ball shooter and doesn't hesitate to shoot the rock from outside. He, along with forward Hakim Warrick, gives the Bulls a boost off the pine which will be important going into a playoff run.
The Bulls will need to contain Blazers All-Star guard Brandon Roy, who can at times will his team to victory even with great injuries in his way.