CHICAGO — The Bulls are looking get out of a one game funk and return to the way they were playing during the little seven game winning streak they had before losing 100-99 to the L.A Clippers. Notable about that game was it was the first game without center Joakim Noah and the team really felt the loss of his presence on the court. With practically no edge in the rebounding game, Chicago saw themselves in a dog-fight with L.A, one they ended up losing. But with the 76ers in town the Bulls are looking for a turn around.
Of the last six meetings between these two teams, the Bulls are 5-1 and have dominated at home. Taj Gibson, who made his first start at center against the Clippers, suffered a concussion in the loss and is not expected to be available Tuesday night. Last season, Derrick Rose averaged 21.0 ppg, 5.8 apg, 3.3 rpg and 37.8 mpg in four games against the 76ers; he also shot .500 from the floor, this is a performance he is looking to return to after he felt he let his team down on Saturday. “I thought I was going to hit them. That’s basketball. I hope I get put in that position again. I know I’m not going to miss it.” Rose is the clear cut leader in Chicago and it’s very inspiring to hear such a young player speak such mature volumes. “Teams are going to try to go big against us, especially when we have our three (Luol Deng) at four,” Rose told the Bulls’ official website. “We’ve got to know that as a team and all five rebound or give help when they go in the post and go for the rebound.”
If there was a game to get back on track it would tonights game against the 76ers. Philadelphia is 3-10 on the road this season and are abysmal at the United Center having lost three straight by an average of 17.4 points per game. Carlos Boozer and Derrick Rose stepped it up last game and both played pretty hot but it became abundantly clear that the team can’t be carried by just those two; it’s by every definition a TEAM effort. Luol Deng has stepped it up nicely, even before Noah went down but it’s the guy who fills Noah’s massive shoes that’s going to need to step his game up the most. Until then, the Bulls may be in a bit of trouble especially if they struggle two straight games against teams they otherwise wouldn’t.