Chicago Bulls vs Utah Jazz, 7:00 PM CSN-Chicago

The Chicago Bulls have lost four straight games, and tonight they take on the Utah Jazz at the United Center. All-Star point guard Deron Williams has averaged close to 12 assists per game since the All-Star break and has a healthy team around him. The Jazz have free agent to-be Carlos Boozer on hand, and he's averaging 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds on the year.

Without center Joakim Noah, the Bulls are going to be in for a long game, with Utah having several players able to convert shots on the interior. Brad Miller and Taj Gibson will need outstanding games to slow down Utah.

All-Star point guard Derrick Rose had a dominant 34 points against the Dallas Mavericks the other night, and is averaging 26 points in March. Rose is scoring 25.0 points a game since the All-Star break and has played aggressiv offensive since returning from a bad angle. He and Deron Williams have similar builds, and both can finish around the basket. It's worth keeping an eye on that match-up.

Rookie Taj Gibson has continued his stellar play after the All-Star break, averaging a double-double and hitting over 57% of his shots. Gibson has picked up some of the responsibility from Joakim Noah, and is now seen rotating to cover the paint moreso than before. The 24-year old power forward has a slight frame and will match-up against a much heavier Boozer, who is known to create shots around the hoop. These are the nights where Gibson will have to rely on his speed and quick hands instead of trying to play physical basketball.

Sixth-year forward Luol Deng had one of his worst games of the season against Dallas. He played almost 37 minutes and scored six points on eight shots. The Jazz does not have a lot of defensive stoppers, so Deng could force the defense to take notice to him tonight, if he comes out with a vengeance.

EDIT: Deng is having flu-like symptoms but could still play.

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  • Needless to say, this is a HUGE GAME for the Bulls.

    Toronto is in LA playing the Lakers, who I'm sure want to end their 3-game skid. Miami is in Charlotte playing the Bobcats, who I'm sure want to get back to .500. And Milwaukee is home playing a rested Boston team, who I'm sure want to keep pace with Orlando for the #2 Seed.

    In other words, it would do the Bulls good to WIN THIS GAME tonight, especially considering they have a 4 game road trip ahead of them. More than that, they could be in a situation to have the same amount of losses as the Miami Heat heading into their match-up this weekend.

    UPCOMING SCHEDULES (THIS WEEK):

    #5 Milwaukee (29 losses) - vs. BOS, vs. UTA
    #6 Toronto (29 losses) - @ LAL, @ SAC, @ GS
    #7 Miami (31 losses) - @CHA, vs. LAC, vs. CHI
    #8 Chicago (31 losses) - vs. UTA, @ ORL, @ MIA
    #9 Charlotte (31 losses) - vs. MIA, @ PHI, vs. LAC

    * The Bulls need to HANG ON, until Joakim Noah gets back, assuming he's MAN ENOUGH to get back on the court. DROSE and VDN need to show some LEADERSHIP too.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Needless to say, this is a HUGE GAME for the Bulls.

    Toronto is in LA playing the Lakers, who I'm sure want to end their 3-game skid. Miami is in Charlotte playing the Bobcats, who I'm sure want to get back to .500. And Milwaukee is home playing a rested Boston team, who I'm sure want to keep pace with Orlando for the #2 Seed.

    In other words, it would do the Bulls good to WIN THIS GAME tonight, especially considering they have a 4 game road trip ahead of them.

    finally you made some sense.. notice that james johnson isnt listed.. =) but everything else after that didnt make sense.. noah is seriously hurt..he isnt day to day.. and derrick shows tons of leadership.. this team just cant stop any or score .. rose is def carrying this team and we see it.. hope loul has a 20-10 game.. and taj steps up..

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    what piss poor defense through 3 quarters.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    man we need some stops bad. Brad has been amazing tonight.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I hate Hakim Warrick, he makes Eddy Curry look like Rodman on the boards.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    CJ Fricken Miles folks.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    where is everyone? hiding? i dont blame you.

    when we shoot 54% and lose by 24 pts because of our D i would be hiding as well.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I hope this helps people realize how big of an impact Tyrus on the defensive end

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Noah is a bigger reason why.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Yea, but still everyone hates on Tyrus. That frontcourt made them so good defensively

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    "it would do the Bulls good to WIN THIS GAME tonight"

    Thanks.

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