Mar 04, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala (9) boxes out Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (9) during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Bulls defeated the Sixers 96-91. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

St. Patrick's Day Showdown: Chicago Bulls (36-10) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (25-19)

Bulls vs. Sixers — 7pm on CSN-Chicago

Last night was an anomaly. At least thats what everyone in Chicago wants to think as anytime you get blasted by a team as tumultuous as the Blazers you don’t want to assume it’s a regular occurrence.

The Bulls have a perfect chance to bounce back tonight against the 76ers. The last two times these teams met, we saw two different Bulls teams. Tonight we will see a third, a team without Derrick Rose and Rip Hamilton.

However, the more interesting story won’t be the Sixers playing against a Rose-less team, it’s going to be if last night was truly an anomaly or if it was really the Heat game that was. Bulls fans are going to want to hope for the latter especially as tonight’s game is against a bonafide playoff contender in the Sixers.

“We’ve got to play hard, we’ve got to learn,” head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Once you start feeling good about yourself and you start taking short cuts, you know how it’s going to end.”

The Sixers have lost two straight games, but the Blazers are an awful team and they bounced over the Bulls after a 42 point loss. The Sixers are a far better team and Thibodeau knows this.

“The challenge is to be ready,” he said. “Philly is a tough team, we have got to be ready to go. The injuries are part of it, you have to respond.”

With Rose out and the Sixer on the mend, tonight’s game should be a doozy. However, it’s still a winnable game for the Bulls; that is unless the win against the Heat was a fluke.

The hope and prayer is that it wasn’t, especially with all of the injury woes.

 

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