The Bulls won a big one last night, when they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-108 at the United Center. Chicago is now tied with Toronto, and could overtake the 8th seed if they win against New Jersey, and the Raptors lose to the Atlanta Hawks.
New Jersey, currently 11-67, is on pace to lose seventy games as the first team since 1998, when Denver lost 71 regular season games. The Nets struggle on both ends of the court, but have still managed to steal away one of those victories against the Bulls.
Bulls All-Star point guard Derrick Rose has been on a roll finding teammates, lately. Over his last seven games, he's averaged 8.4 assists. Five of which were victories. Rose is scoring 20.3 points a game for the season and appears to be understanding the responsibility of being an NBA point guard. The 21-year old has emerged as the leader of the club despite his young age, and all eyes are on him next year.
The Bulls waived reserve center Jerome James and picked up forward Rob Kurz for the remainder of the season. Kurz is a 6'9 forward who can drill the long-ball, rebound and get his hands dirty on defense. Kurz will wear uniform number 31.
Sixth-year forward Luol Deng and third-year center Joakim Noah had a huge impact in the Cleveland game, collecting a combined 39 points, 25 rebounds and five blocks. Guard Kirk Hinrich chipped in with 23 points and Brad Miller had an efficient 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in just over 22 minutes of play.
The Bulls face Toronto on Sunday.