Chicago Bulls @ Charlotte Bobcats, 7:00 PM CSN-Chicago

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.

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  • I hope that the Bulls can get it done tonight and get into the playoffs, however with all of the nonsense going on with management and VDN, maybe its just me but it seems as though management does not want this team to succeed and make it to the playoffs. I mean why have all of this B.S. come out now when they know the team is trying to make a run to get into the post season. I really do feel that the ownership and management does not have the best interest of this team cause if they did all of this nonsense would not have even taken place. The whole country is talking about this mess that the management has allowed to happen and they should be beyond embarrassed. How in the hell do they expect to sign one of the top name free agent with this going on. This is all on Jerry Reinsdorf cause he has never cared about his basketball team, even when he had his championship teams he really didn't get along with them. I mean even if he didn't want to keep his team together why let Phil Jackson leave. That was just Jerry being full of himself thinking that ownership wins championships. That's why the Bulls can never get any good players to come to Chicago cause Jerry thinks that he won the six championships and not his players. So in other words... we as Bulls fans should not look to get a big name free agent this summer cause of Jerry Reinsdorf. After all who would want to come into this mess that management has created. GO BULLS!!!!! Lets try to get the win anyway despite managements childishness.

  • I agree getting a big name free agent(s) this summer is going to be very hard with this BS going on with management. I think teams already know our front office is a joke, but this is just the cherry on the top of crap. Well hopefully the player will do it for Vinny 1 more time this season and get us into the playoffs! Too bad we didn't beat the Nets and not have to gut it out on the road against a pestering athletic Bobcats team that seals our season's fate, but that's what has happened! Go Bulls...dig in and do this for yourselves...well for Vinny 2 o.k!!! ;-)

  • Anybody else think Vinny is going to try and throw this game? with all this nonsense going on, I dont have much faith, I'm actually surprised they won last night to be honest, dont get me wrong I want them to make the play-offs because I'm a bulls fan but the morale side of me says maybe they dont deserve it because of the management.

  • In reply to Snypershawn:

    I don't follow your logic. Why would Vinny want to throw this game? How would Vinny benefit from the team not making the playoffs?
    He's getting fired regardless. Wouldn't it spite management more if he got to coach longer?

  • In reply to KenyattaWright:

    I don't buy the idea of VDN throwing the game either. It doesn't spite management if he throws the game as they're going to fire him anyway, and he looks a lot better if he coaches professionally while under fire than if he throws a game. He's coaching for his next job right now, and throwing a game would be a really bad move.

  • In reply to KenyattaWright:

    OK, got my heart medicine ;), let's hope I survive this game. Go Bulls

  • In reply to Snypershawn:

    RUMOR HAS IT:

    Vinny Del Negro was the aggressor in the confrontation with Paxson.

    http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/65972/20100414/source_del_negro_not_paxson_was_aggressor/

    If that were the case, wouldn't he be FIRED by now?

  • In reply to Snypershawn:

    THIS JUST IN:

    Gar Forman ways in on the Paxson/VDN confrontation.

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/04/gar-foremans-statement-on-paxson-del-negro-incident.html

  • In reply to Snypershawn:

    hahaha Funk is hilarious with the play by play "Rose, trying to rub Felton off"

  • I feel after more news has filtered out that there is more to this incident. Supposedly, Vinny had an incident with Forman too. He appears very feisty in the background but composed in front of the media.
    If Vinny gets fired, he shouldn't have a problem getting a new job. How about the White House Press Secretary...he seems to be very composed when answering the media:-)

  • Did VDN clear it up with Pax?

  • I have to say JJ has improved a great deal since we first saw him. It's amazing what consistent minutes can do for you!

  • Oops spoke too soon. Was out of control there with the collision with Tyson. Wonder if Larry Brown is regretting having his starter there now.

  • Ha! My thoughts exactly!

  • Whoa! Bulls having a focused and business-like performance so far

  • That DRose teardrop is gorgeous!

  • haha, i may have not finished the quote, i think there was a pick involved or something starting with a p and ending with rick

  • Yep, that Tyson Chandler injury may have scared Larry Brown out of his "integrity" strategy.

  • Raptors leading by 9 at the half in a high scoring game

  • Oh Larry Hughes, how I miss you ;)

  • finally Hughes is playing great for the bulls

  • Charles Oakley sighting!

  • Kinda anticlimactic so far. I was expecting a raucous close game. Let's hope the Bulls keep it up in the second half!

  • Joakim is beginning to look gassed in the last few plays

  • uh oh, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUH3JQjcweM

  • Oh,oh things are looking dicey know. Bulls losing their composure and Rose looks tired!

  • Drose!

  • Defensive intensity picking up for the Bulls!

  • Derrick Rose taking over!

  • Umm where is Hakim Warrick?!?

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    i forgot about him, only play 4 minutes yesterday. and the game b4 took a bunch of bad shots. maybe he fell out of the rotation

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    We're gonna need Deng to be much better than this in the playoffs.. we are gonna have to watch Lebron dance all over the sidelines..

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    2:22 minutes left, we lead by 13. Why am I still biting my nails?!

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Here we come Cavs be scared be very scared because our coach can beat your coach up! Rose and Noah dominated tonight

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Phew! Good job guys. I believe you finished with the exact same record as last season. I think .500 winning percentage is a perfect reflection of the ups and downs of this season ;)

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Gotta love it.. thanks to Derroakim Roah.

  • one more quarter left of bulls regular season, i mite cry. knicks down 11, lets go bulls

  • Tyrus has gone allstar mode on us,that should be good for us if he takes the rest of the shots

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