Chicago Bulls @ New Jersey Nets, 7:00 PM CSN-Chicago

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.

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  • Jerome James is finally gone! We never knew you!

  • It's now or never.

    The Bulls need to come out with a SENSE OF URGENCY and a SENSE OF PURPOSE.

    I really want to see Rose, Deng, Noah and Gibson live in the paint and attack the basket.

  • Does anyone really believe that the Bulls will respond to the challenge tonight and win a game that they should and must win.

    No way, get ready to finally put the nail in this seasons coffin.

  • Dear Mr. Jensen-

    How dare you make Deng's play sound positive.....if Del Sucko was worth anything as a coach he would say ,"If you take one more jump shot from a step inside the 3 point line early in the shot clock, you're sitting down. Either pass, drive or shoot a 3...better yet, just pass and crash the boards." Maybe we should have paid him in bags of grain, Kool-aid packets and expired medicine....

  • is it just me or is Rose playing lazy as hell. He looks hungover or high or something and it's frustrating. Is he just waiting for the playoffs to turn it up?

    Since writing this post he's commited 2 stupid turnovers and a lazy foul for a 3 point play.

  • mental midgets.

    people who say they arent trying or not playing with urgency are kidding themselves and not watching the game. however, same as against the bucks, a run gets made against them and then get nervous, dont want to blow the game, and turn into mental midgets.

    we need stormin' norm to come back for a day.

  • So let's recap.

    I targeting 3 guys for the Bulls to draft last June.

    #1.) DeJuan Blair
    #2.) Terrence Williams
    #3.) Sam Young

    How's that looking right now?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I was targeting

    1) Tyreke Evans
    2) Brandon Jennings
    3) Stephen Curry

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I love double overtime! Just more basketball I get to watch, even though it's pathetic against this team...

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Wow, 6 fouls, and 7 turnovers by Rose, most likely no defense played by him....

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    The Bulls end of game plays, and out of timeouts are the worst in the league. That no call on Rose getting his forearm not raked, but outrighted Grabbed!? And they say there's no bias with these refs.

    For Vinny not to just show outrage, and stick up for Derrick there in a major way is why I have battled with at times just not being able to stand him. Vinny, you have left your players in the lurch to many f-n times. You've got to fight and confront these Derrick no foul calls/boycott which is officiating crew after officiating crew. It's just abolsute bullshit. And these NBA refs are so caught up in rep and double standards for different players and teams. You see Kendrick Perkins all over guys driivng to the basket, and no foul call. Yet Taj does much less and gets called evry time. And Vinny has never stuck up for Derrick or Taj. I am so tired of his clueless, wuss ass.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Why hasn't Noah been playing much in overtime?

  • In reply to Matthew:

    Time limit do to his plantar fasciitis

  • In reply to Matthew:

    "Robin" Rose GAGGED this game away.

    To Whoever gets the #2 Pick: Derrick Rose
    To Bulls: Even Turner

  • In reply to Matthew:

    Excuse me, that' Evan Turner.

    "Robin" Rose is not a CLUTCH player, but he sure knows how to CHOKE.

  • ball was in the cylinder.

  • How did TWILL look tonight vs. James Johnson?

    I believe "Dickey" Johnson didn't score, while TWILL had a TRIPLE-DOUBLE.

  • The refs screwed the Bulls in this game. Rose did not get a call, Deng got a bad offensive foul. The Bulls did not have the legs in the second overtime. Sunday makes or breaks the season..

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    The refs DID NOT screw the Bulls.

    STOP MAKING EXCUSES.

    The Bulls players and coaches lost this game, not the refs.

  • We could blame D-Rose and he does deserve some of it but the refs, those sorry azz refs took this game by not calling fouls when they were suppose to. Bulls will not win Sun. against Toronto. Its over.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Once again, STOP BLAMING the refs for one bad call.

    They didn't miss FT's, turn the ball over, settle for jumpshots, blow an 11 point lead in regulation or a 7 point lead in the 1st OT.

    BLAME THE BULLS PLAYERS and COACHES, not the refs.

    They deserve all of it.

  • STOP BLAMING THE REFS.

    The Bulls players and coaches lost this game, not the refs.

  • Evan Turner OVER Derrick Rose???? have you lost your mind lol

    Vinny Del Negro...you are terrible! These calls are easy for the refs to make when NO BODY IS COMPLAINING ABOUT THEM!!! Not even our Coach!!!! Jerry Reinsdorf....you just plain SUCK at what you do. Give this team to somebody who actually cares about the Bulls and basketball in general.

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