The Chicago Bulls will look to rebound from a loss to the 76ers against a struggling New York Knicks squad. The Bulls will be without Richard Hamilton while Luol Deng may return.
I somewhat struggle with the idea that Deng might come back today against the lowly Knicks but couldn't give it a go yesterday against a team we really needed him for. Obviously, it may have just taken another day.
There has to be one day it feels good enough and one day it doesn't somewhere, but because Deng is a warrior, I'm thinking if he were that close that he'd probably have played yesterday and wouldn't be surprised if he's a scratch tonight.
Keys to the game
Move the ball
The Knicks have a horrible defense, so if the Bulls move the ball and keep their offense in motion they should find plenty of quality looks against New York even if they're missing some of their better players.
They should also look to push the pace against a team that's likely to leave them plenty of opportunities in transition.
Obviously Derrick should do some domination
He should dominate every game, but the Knicks aren't a great help defense team despite having Tyson Chandler, and they don't have a strong scheme to fall back on. I look for Rose to have a big game both passing and scoring.
There's no natural passing synergy on this Knicks squad, so overload Carmelo Anthony with your defense and see what happens. Without having a quality PG or an effective two man game, the Knicks can struggle to create high efficiency shots for their role players and get bogged down in inefficient isolation play.
Bring the energy
The Bulls have lost three of their last five. They need a win to get back on track. The Knicks can be dangerous when they put it together, and the Bulls aren't playing well enough to take anyone lightly.
The team looked listless in their loss to the 76ers and needs to get the effort level back up rather than relying on pure talent alone to right the ship.
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