CHICAGO — The Bulls will play tonights game without a large part of their team. Derrick Rose is a notable scratch again but as was discussed yesterday, that’s probably for the best in terms of long term goals for Chicago.
Tom Thibodeau is also giving some of the other guys a break as the Bulls gear up for a four game home stand before heading out east for a nine game trip. John Lucas III and Taj Gibson are healthy scratches tonight as the Bulls battle the Bobcats.
This means that Bulls fans at the United Center tonight may get treated to bonus White Mamba time as Brian Scalabrine, who played eight minutes last night, now has more room to wiggle his big ginger head.
Just as sitting Rose is the right move, giving guys like Taj and Lucas the night off will help keep the Bulls depth fresh for when they need it most.
The Bulls will start Joakim Noah tonight despite him being a notable injured guy. Noah has had issues with his thumb but is trying to work through it.
After tonight the Bulls get the Nets, Pacers and Bucks with Indiana being the only team with a winning record.
Dont expect Rose to start anytime soon and with that kind of competition ahead for the next three games, don’t expect the Bulls to bend over backwards to give starters extra minutes.