After coming off a win against the Washington Wizards last night, the Bulls are ready to get a winning streak rolling as they face the Charlotte Bobcats with former Bulls forward Tyrus Thomas. The 6'10 athletic Thomas is just coming back from a small injury and played just over 3 minutes in his last game, so don't expect him to play huge minutes tonight.
Chicago traded Thomas to Charlotte for Acie Law and Flip Murray plus a future 1st round draft pick.
All-Star point guard Derrick Rose scored 24 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists last night in Washington. He got help from Taj Gibson who collected 16 rebounds and 14 points. Forward Luol Deng came back from injury and played just under 28 minutes, finishing with 14 points and 6 boards.
The Bulls ran the floor effectively last night, and it once again proved that an up-tempo scheme suits this club better than strictly running half-court sets. On several occasions, Rose got up the floor in a hurry and completed plays before the defense had a chance to set.
Flip Murray and Brad Miller struggled all nigt long, combining for 2-of-20 from the field and thus lowering the point total of the Bulls, who otherwise played at a strong pace. They'll have to connect on their shots tonight, as Charlotte is one of the better defensive teams in the league. Head coach Larry Brown demands 48 minutes from his team every night, and lately, he's gotten just that.
Forward Gerald Wallace and guard/forward Stephen Jackson have controlled the perimeter for most of the season, and both are able to get up and down in transition off of steals and defensive stops.
The Bulls could use a superhuman effort from Derrick Rose tonight, and will hopefully get Kirk Hinrich involved in the offense. The seven-year player has struggled this year, and could use a strong finish to the season.