Chicago Bulls vs Cleveland Cavaliers, 7:00 PM CSN-Chicago

Superstar LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers visit the United Center tonight to face a struggling Bulls team that has lost nine straight games. Chicago will once again be without All-Star point guard Derrick Rose, forward Luol Deng and center Joakim Noah.

Newly-acquired guard Acie Law has been a minor bright spot for the Bulls over the last two games, averaging 20 points, three rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes of playing time. Law has shot a combined 13-for-19 from the field and attempted 6.5 free throws per game.

Chicago could use a strong performance from veteran point guard Kirk Hinrich. The 29-year old played 40 minutes against Dallas two nights ago, but finished with just nine points. With Rose, Deng and Noah out, Hinrich is by default one of the primary offensive options for Chicago, which makes performances like those unacceptable.

Rookie forward James Johnson has started four games for the Bulls this season, and his numbers are not unimpressive. In just under 30 minutes of playing time, Johnson is scoring 13.3 points, grabbing 3.5 rebounds, dishing 2 dimes and is swatting 1.5 blocks. You would like to see Johnson improve his rebounding as he has a large frame.

The Bulls have seen their opponent score over 100 points in each of their nine straight defeats. In order to compete against the Cavaliers, Chicago will have to be dialed in on LeBron James, the leading candidate to win the MVP award again this season. Despite having Antawn Jamison on the roster, James is the engine that makes his ballclub go. The Bulls will need to have players around the rim to remove the easy shots often generated by James.

Chicago also has a small x-factor up their sleeve if his plantar fasciitis isn't kicking, and that's Taj Gibson. The rookie forward can stroke the mid-range jumper and at times get around people with sneaky moves in the post. Gibson, however, has struggled lately.

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  • Let me guess. Vinny Del Negro is going to start Pargo over Law again.

    This team is a JOKE right now.

    LIMITED TOUGHNESS, HEART and LEADERSHIP!!!

  • Hope they can steal this one if the Cavs go to sleep on this one. Otherwise, another loss. The only thing to look for in this game is if James Johnson picks up his game and does a decent job on LeBron. He has the physicality to match LeBron.

  • Im glad this game isn't nationally televised....

  • VDN just can't coach.

    Kirk Hinrich - 5/18 FG Shooting, including 0/7 from the arc.

    Jannero Pargo - 3/9 FG Shooting, including 0/2 from the arc.

    Flip Murray - 5/17 FG Shooting, including 2/7 from the arc.

    ACIE LAW - 1/2 FG Shooting, including 1/2 from the arc.

    How come a guy who has averaged 20 points (in limited minutes) his last 2 games out, only sees the floor for 10 minutes and gets 2 shots?

    Great coaching Vinny Del Dumbo!!!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    hahaha I am actually happy Law didnt play much just for all those Law d*** riders who think he will be with us next season.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    You would be.

    Your idiocy is at a HIGH level tonight.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    it will never match yours.

  • Furthermore, Luol "Ding Dong" needs to be traded.

    http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/65453/20100319/deng_may_miss_remainder_of_season/

    He's not earning his BIG CONTRACT, nor is he worth that kind of investment. The Bulls need a SF with some TOUGHNESS and HEART, which he CLEARLY lacks.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Yea its easy to trade him lmao. Deng is a horrid contract which wont be able to be moved until he atleast has only two years remaining.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    also no one should be unhappy about this loss. We beat this team with a full roster. We competed with 2 rooks out there.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    According to Newskoolbulls (the guy who loves MEDIOCRITY), "no one should be unhappy about this loss."

    Wow!!! I didn't realize their was such a thing as a happy loss. You said some DUMB things in the past, but that was the topper.

    All losses are bad and unhappy in pro sports, especially with the playoffs on the line.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Sadly, I have to agree with Happy on this one. I can't think of one good reason why Law didn't play at the end. Vinny talks about all these mistakes these rookies make while the guys he plays down the stretch do the same things. It seems like he rather have suckiness over mistakes

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    Just not a Law fan, I want our guards to play defense and he doesnt. Should he play over Pargs and Murray? yes but he should not be retained either at the end of the season.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    So I guess you don't like Rose either

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    Love love love Rose, he is getting better at the defensive end. He is not kirk yet at D but hopefully one day he will.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    He sucks at defense

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    he is not as bad as last season. He is making strides.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Yes he's improved from atricously bad to bad

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Why should VDN stay on as Head Coach of the Chicago Bulls?

    He shouldn't.

    It's bad moves, like not player Acie Law, that justify him being FIRED.

    Hinrich (5/18 FG Shooting), Murray (5/17 FG Shooting) and Pargo (3/9 FG Shooting) were playing and shooting awful, yet VDN keeps them in the game. Acie Law on the otherhand is coming off of two nice games, where he averages 20 points, and yet he only sees 10 minutes of action.

    This is like Derrick Byars all over again. Byars outplays Hunter, Pargo and Johnson in the pre-season, yet he doesn't get established minutes or fails to stick with the team.

    For once, I would like to see the Bulls give playing time based on MERIT, instead of MONEY.

    ACIE LAW NEEDS ESTABLISHED MINUTES and SHOULD STICK WITH THIS TEAM!!!

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Bulls still have time to make the playoffs. Raptors are 3 games above us right now...and they are reeling. They just lost to the Thunder at home by like 30 points. And the Bobcats are playing the Heat tonight. Heat and Bobcats arnt up on us that much either. Bobcats could lose tonight, and then they could lose the 2 games we play against them and what do ya know...Bulls are back in the playoffs.

    As far as Law...I bet he will be here next year. Bulls need a young,cheap backup pg...and thats what he brings to the Bulls. Plus he already knows the system, which is a plus. Ya, Im not sure why Vinny loves Pargo so much. The guy is terrible.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Ya i agree with Doug....TONIGHT IS A MUST WIN!

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    For the minimum you aren't going to get a guard who is good both offensively and defensively.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    playoffs are not on the line anymore. Its over.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    we were not going to beat this team with this injury depleted roster, i though we would lose by atleast 20. It was a surprise we were in it. James Johnson and Taj really give me hope for next season.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Since when is the season over?

    Last I checked there are still 14 games left on the
    Bulls regular season schedule. Plus, Toronto and Miami aren't winning their games.

    The Bulls have a chance to make the playoffs, if VDN learns how to coach and Rose and Noah MAN-UP!!!

  • Good luck Dougster.

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