Chicago Bulls @ Washington Wizards, 6:00 PM CSN-Chicago

The Chicago Bulls are finally at (somewhat) full strength. Joakim Noah is once again starting at center, and forward Luol Deng will be playing limited minutes after missing 11 straight games. Tonight, they go to Washington to face the Wizards who have just broken a 16-game losing streak.

All-Star point guard Derrick Rose has strung together three very solid games passing-wise, averaging 9.3 assists. Despite his 10-assist outing against Phoenix, the Bulls lost in the final moments.

Joakim Noah has come off the bench the past six games, but has finally re-entered the starting five after scoring 12 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and swatting two shots on Tuesday. Brad Miller will now lead the second unit, which includes Flip Murray, Hakim Warrick and likely Luol Deng for tonight.

Rookie forwards James Johnson and Taj Gibson are expected to start again. Johnson, picked 16th in the draft last year, has struggled finding consistency but has shown flashes of solid court vision and good dribble drives. The 6'8 forward came out recently and stated he had lost 35 pounds since training camp, bringing his weigth from 267 down to 232.

Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich twisted his ankle against Phoenix, but is expected to start in Washington. The 6'3 guard has struggled this season, and will once again be surrounded by trade rumors when the season ends.

With the Toronto Raptors winning over Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, the Bulls find themselves two games back from the eigth seed. Every game from here on out has to be played with a playoff mentality.

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  • Given everyone on the Bulls is healthy as well as desperate, I expect them to dominate the 1st Quarter, the 2nd Quarter, the 3rd Quarter and the 4th Quarter.

    8 in a row...It's time to MAN-UP!!!

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    In reply to MrHappy:

    I think 5-3 gets it done.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    The math just isn't there for that.

    8-0 or go home early.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Everyone is back and everyone wants the playoffs....we should be able to go out there an man handle them. The Wiz have gave us some trouble in the past though. Bulls still have a decent chance for the playoffs in my opinion. Bobcats and the Raptors need to watch out.

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    In reply to MrHappy:

    when the hell are the bulls gonna start playing defense again? Even putting richard in there fo move zome boxies around under the basket would be some
    thing.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I'm glad the Bulls won, but what a HOE-HUM performance.

    The Wizards were without Foye and Howard. The Bulls should have won this game by 20 points. They better show more URGENCY and HUNGER tomorrow night vs. the Bobcats!!!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Geez you are never happy with anything. Great win tonight. Great play by Taj, Rose, Noah, and Dengy.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Thats how the Bulls are though, we play down to the level of our competition. How did Shaun Livingston look last night? I want him to be our back up behind Rose.

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