Tonight is the night, in which we learn of the Bulls' future. Will the Bulls take down Charlotte and get the 8th seed? Will they lose and cross their fingers for a Toronto loss? Everything is up in the air, and it all boils down to the final day of the regular season 2009/2010.
If last night was any indication however, then Chicago should feel just fine. The Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 101-93 behind All-Star point guard Derrick Rose's 39 points, 5 rebounds and seven assists. Center Joakim Noah contributed 16 boards and Kirk Hinrich scored a season-high 30.
Charlotte head coach Larry Brown has stated he will not rest his starters. This could present a problem for the Bulls, who usually struggle against athletic teams. All-Star forward Gerald Wallace is having his best season of his career, averaging 18.3 points, 10.2 rebounds and 7.2 free throw attempts per game. Wallace can get close to the ring and finish plays, which will put a lot of pressure on Joakim Noah and Brad Miller.
Forward Luol Deng scored just seven points against Boston, but pulled down 12 boards. The former Duke Blue Devil will play in his 70th game of the season, marking just the third time in his career that's been able to accomplish that. Deng has been injury-riddled the last two seasons, but finally made it back this year. The 24-year old averages 17.7 points and 7.4 rebounds a ball game. Deng also set a career-high in three-pointers made and free throw attempts per game.
Since the Bulls' last meeting against Charlotte on April third, Joakim Noah has averaged 14.3 rebounds a contest as well as 2.6 assists, 2.6 blocks and 13.3 points. Noah has been bothered by plantar fasciitis, but has arguably been the most productive player on the Bulls of late.
It's been quite the ride for the Chicago Bulls this season. From getting off to a hot start, to drop ten in a row, to now sitting on the final day of the regular season and hoping they can squeeze out a victory for a post-season ticket.
Good luck, lads. I know I'll be watching.