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CHICAGO — The Bulls are on a bit of a hot streak and are looking to extend their two game winning streak to three New Year’s Eve against the Nets. The Bulls had trouble against the Nets last season which is bit embarrassing considering the Nets were one of the worst teams in the NBA. Chicago is hoping the team they have put together can help avoid any problems this season.

Carlos Boozer has been a large part of the Bulls success. He has six double-doubles this year and he has only played in 13 games thus far. Although Boozer missed practice on Wednesday, he is expected to play against the Nets ans is expected to continue making an impact. After all boozer is averaging over 20 points a game which is excellent for a player who isn’t even the centerpiece.

That centerpiece is Derrick Rose who is flourishing in his offensive role in Chicago. Coach Tom Thibodeau’s defensive mindset has been more than welcomed by Rose, who finds that when the team makes a mistake on offense, Thibodeau brushes it off rather than harp on the players. “When we come down or shoot a bad shot or whatever, he don’t really care about that. He wants to pick that up on the defensive end where that mistake on the offensive end, it can’t happen on defense. He just says that he can live with missed shots, but he can’t live with people not giving their full effort.”

The freedom has done done wonders to Rose’s offensive production this year. He is outplaying Carlos Boozer, who has been a standout for the Bulls the past few games.

“He has the ability to read, and if he sees something that he likes, we’re in constant communication through the game,” Thibodeau said. “So he’s telling me the things that he’s seeing. I’m telling him the things that I’m seeing and then in preparation of each opponent we know what we’re trying to attack and what we’re looking for.”

Rose has noted that he sees a distinct difference between the team play this year versus that of last year. “I remember last year, we used to go into games where we used to be like, ‘How are we going to win this game?’ Or, ‘Man, what are we going to do?’ Now, we go into games where we know what to do. If we’re messing up in a certain area, we can hurry up and change it right when we’re playing. We don’t got to look at film tomorrow or say, ‘That’s why we lost,’ we can change it right there and that’s been the difference between this year and last year.”

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