Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo have all given the Bulls problems in the past. Tonight, the four enter the United Center to face the struggling Chicago Bulls. After a hard-fought overtime win against the Golden State Warriors last night, the Bulls will attempt to see if they can win two straight, before facing the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
Center Joakim Noah collected 18 points and 14 rebounds against Golden State who started Mikke Moore at center. Boston is starting 285-pound Kendrick Perkins, who this year is averaging a career-high 12.0 points.
Over the first 22 games, none of the Bostons starters have missed time. Even their bench have remained healthy, with Rasheed Wallace, Eddie House, Marquis Daniels and Shelden Williams all having played 19 or more games. Impressive for a team that has only one rotation player under the age of 25.
Bulls guard Derrick Rose scored 36 points and handed out 11 assists against Boston during Game 1 of the epic first round playoff series last season. The athletic Rose is the Bulls best scoring option against Boston, who this year hold their opponents to just 91.0 points. Luol Deng, the Bulls leading scorer, lacks the first-step Rose has, and could have trouble getting close to the basket.
Guard/forward John Salmons shot 4-of-16 and wrapped up the evening with just 11 points against Golden State. If the Bulls stand a chance against Boston, Salmons will have to find his outside touch and become a scoring factor for the Bulls. The 30-year old averages just 14.2 points a game, despite getting 37.5 minutes of playing time.
Center Brad Miller came back to life with 12 points and 13 rebounds, after averaging just 4 points in his first two starts. He’ll look to build on that tonight.
The Bulls have shown interest in former New Jersey Nets head coach Lawrence Frank, which might mean current head coach Vinny Del Negro is coaching for his career at this point.