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.