Chicago Bulls vs Houston Rockets, 7:00 PM WCIU

All-Star point guard Derrick Rose knocked down four three-pointers and scored 23 points total against the Philadelphia 76'ers. This would prove to play a large role in the Bulls breaking their ten game slump, and finally getting a much-needed victory.

Tonight, the Bulls will hope to start a new, and much better, streak. The Houston Rockets visit the United Center, where a healthy Rose and a healthy Joakim Noah will be ready. Houston traded for shooting guard Kevin Martin at the deadline, and he has blended in nicely with the Rockets.

Power forward Luis Scola is a player who can establish himself on the low block early and often, so it'll be crucial for rookie Taj Gibson to close out on him and contest every shot. Scola is averaging 15.5 points, and 8.8 rebounds per game while playing just over 31 minutes a night.

Center Joakim Noah returned against Philadelphia also, and contributed seven points and four rebounds in just nine minutes of action. The 6'11 center has battled plantar fasciitis and feels he's close to 100% healed. The Bulls are going to need Noah if they are to make a serious playoff push.

Chicago's Kirk Hinrich finally came to live against Philadelphia, where he hit for 17 points and 11 assists. Hinrich had struggled earlier in the month, and has averaged just 10.3 points in March, despite playing well over 35 minutes a night. The Bulls are going to need a more in-tuned Hinrich for the rest of the season, if they want to grab the eight seed.

With Rose back and playing, the Bulls will now be a dangerous offensive team inside the paint. Rose draws defenses as well as anyone in the NBA, and lurks opposing centers away from their comfort zone as they try to double team on the baseline. This opens up opportunities for the likes of Gibson, Noah and Brad Miller.

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  • I think this is a winnable game only if Noah plays. Houston hasnt been the same rebounding team since losing Landry. Noah and Miller should be able to take advanage of their smaller and less talented bigs in Hayes, Scola and Hill. They played heavy last night against NY so they are tired as well.

    I also hope we get JJ to mesh well with Rose this game. I think with Deng being potentially out for the rest of the year, we will need another offensive threat on the floor. Their Run and Gun style between them should be big for us. I am waiting to see what happens but I am excited about the possibilities.

    Also, I hope we get to see more Law over Pargo possibly. Pargo can shoot but law can drive. Neither can pass but Pargo is less better defensivly having no size and not fast enough to hold other PG.

    Bulls by 8.

    Rose
    Kirk
    JJ
    Gibson
    Miller

  • I'd call this game another MUST WIN for the Bulls.

    What time is it? Time to MAN-UP...haha.

  • Damn Raptors a few seconds away from a win.

  • The Bulls can't worry about the Raptors, Heat or Bobcats. They just have to win games.

  • This wasn't a pretty victory, but a win is a win.

    DROSE showed good leadership out there tonight and I'm still wondering why Pargo is getting 15 minutes and Law can't get out on the floor.

    I can't wait until VDN and this staff get FIRED!!!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    It wasnt pretty because Refs had it out for us all night. Vinny will get the ax but I am pretty sure Pete Myers, Randy Brown, and Lindsey Hunter will be back. Bernie and Bob will be gone as new head coaches always bring in their own top two assistants.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    I think you will get a kick out of this Derrick Rose Theme Song
    Go D Rose Go D Rose Who's Gonna Stop Him? No One!

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    There is a THEME SONG for Derrick Rose. He has a lot of fans in Chicago and not just for basketball. Hopefully all of his troubles of people trying to put him down and discredit him will be behind him in the near future.

    Link to the youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVotJhJynYw

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Raja Bell was waived by the Warriors. Knicks are trying to get him. If the Bulls won't put Law above Pargo, how about Bell. He's a good shooter and defender. We've got to be a better option than the Knicks.

  • In reply to kbar17:

    Why would Raja Bell want to come here? VDN won't play him.

    Just ask Acie Law or Devin Brown.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I would think somebody would give Bell a shot at the playoffs. He's got a way better resume than Law, Brown, Pargo, or even Murray. It's hard to sit a veteran player that actually belongs in the league.

  • In reply to kbar17:

    Raja Bell wont be available till the final 4 games and we do have the money.

  • In reply to kbar17:

    The Bulls should dump Brown and Pargo and go with Bell and Law.

    How about that?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I dont know what the hell happened to Brown but he was playing good basketball till we acquired him. He got fat and slow and turnover prone.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    did you all see the Milwaukee Salmons tonight? The guy has been insane since the deadline deal, better than the 2nd half of last season when we got him. He will be def. opting out this summer.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Yea Salmons has been a monster...but what can you do about it? Bulls had to do what they had to do to get a big time free agent. To bad he went to Milwaukee though lol. If the Bulls make the playoffs then the trade is fine with me.

    Raja Bell could deffinetly be a help! Guy can play DEFENSE on the perimeter! If we make the playoffs, signing Bell would be a good idea. I would even consider keeping him around for next year.

  • In reply to kbar17:

    Dump Brown or that total waste of skin named Jerome James.

  • Great game from Kirk, Taj, Derrick, Flip, and Brad. Great win in one of the worst reffing games of the year. It was great to see Vinny go out for fighting for us.

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