The Chicago Bulls come back home after the Roseless team took a beat down at the hands of the Grizzlies yesterday. Derrick Rose is officially questionable for the game with the coaching staff leaning towards holding him out, but Rose deciding whether he wants to play or not.
Phoenix isn't a particularly good team, and the game is at home. The Bulls should stand a solid chance at winning the game regardless of whether or not Rose is able to go. Of course a healthy Derrick Rose turns a 50/50 into a 95/5, but it's better to let him rest than to have this toe thing linger for even longer.
It makes little sense to throw him out there though, the Bulls have two days off following the Suns game and giving Rose five consecutive days off to heal makes much more sense then allowing him to bang up the toe and require more time off later.
Keys to the game
Hit the glass hard
The Suns are one of the worst rebounding teams in the NBA. They're terrible on both ends. The Bulls are one of the best teams and are very strong on both ends. Whatever Chicago lacks in skill, they need to make up in energy, especially on the glass.
Defend the three point line
The Suns take more threes than the average team and hit them at a higher percentage. It's imperative that the Bulls run them off the three point line and try to force them into shooting long twos or driving against the Bulls shot blocking big men.
The Suns don't have great finishers on their roster, so running them off the three point line isn't likely to cause problems even if they can attack the hoop.
Get back on defense
It's not the seven seconds or less Suns, but they still kill teams with early offense and transition opportunities. Chicago needs to be wary about getting back on defense quickly and forcing Phoenix to run half court sets rather than getting things through transition or early offense.
With Derrick Rose out, the Bulls are one of the mediocre teams in the league much like Phoenix. They're still at home, they still have a great defense, but they need to play with real intensity to get the win rather than relying on Rose to bail them out.
As long as they focus on the fundamentals, execute, and don't take plays off on either end, the Bulls should come away with the win regardless of whether Derrick suits up.