The Chicago Bulls look to bounce back after a loss to the 76ers when the travel to play the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight. Joakim Noah is officially listed as questionable, but it seems more likely than not that he'll play. The Timberwolves will be bolstered by the return of Kevin Love to the lineup.
Keys to the game
Don't blow it
Seriously, the Timberwolves are bad. They've won 17 games on the season, and management might be more interested in not catching Washington than in winning games here.
The Bulls need to show up and do their part. Rebound well, down throw the ball all over the place, and play in control. Do that, and it should be an easy victory.
These guys can't defend
Derrick Rose should crush these guys. He should crush them with the drive and crush them with the pass. He should do whatever he wants. Carlos Boozer should have little trouble scoring on Kevin Love, and Luol Deng should be able to do more or less what he wants.
The Bulls just need to take their time, work for a good shot, and not settle. Bad defenses (well and good defenses) are exposed by crisp ball movement, so avoid jumper early in the shot clock and let your offense work.
The Bulls magic number should drop to seven tonight, and we can hope Miami falls to Washington (okay not likely) while no other teams playing for seeding are going tonight.