The Chicago Bulls are back in action and hope to bounce back after they suffered a devastating loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Tonight, they play against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers for the fourth and final time this season.
During the game against the Thunder, Kirk Hinrich was inactive missing 10 of the last 11 games because of a sore right elbow. As well, Taj Gibson fell to the floor and was taken away with the trainers after spraining his ankle. He suffers from a sprained MCL and is out. The visitors have their fair share of injuries too as Kyrie Irving is listed as inactive for the game suffering a sore/hyperextended right knee.
Kyrie Irving (knee) out tonight for #Cavs vs Bulls
— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) February 26, 2013
The Bulls (32-24) defeated the Cavaliers all three times this season. Tonight, they’ll look obtain a season series sweep against the 18 wins 32 losses Cleveland Cavaliers team. One of the victorys was on Nov. 2. when Chicago shot 44 of 69 shots from the field, ending with 63.9 percent. That’s the highest field goal percentage by any team this season.
Don’t count out the Cavaliers though. They won back-to-back wins against New Orleans and Orlando only coming up short to the Miami Heat last Sunday. In the game against the Heat, the Cavaliers trailed by 22 points in the third quarter but miraculously led by eight at one point in the fourth quarter with five minutes remaining. They however lost 109-105 to the defending champions.
In tonight’s game the Bulls need to look out for Dion Waiters. In his last four games, the rookie out of Syracuse University is averaging 18.5 points per game and is shooting 51.7 percent from the field. With Irving out, Waiters will definitely step it up tonight.
Probable starters for the Bulls:
- Guard – Nate Robinson
- Guard – Richard Hamilton
- Forward – Luol Deng
- Forward – Carlos Boozer
- Center – Joakim Noah
Probable starters for the Cavaliers:
- Guard- Shaun Livingston
- Guard – Dion Waiters
- Forward – Alonzo Gee
- Forward – Tristan Thompson
- Center – Tyler Zeller
Location: United Center, Chicago, IL
Time: 7:00 p.m. CST/ 8:00 p.m. EST
TV: NBATV – National, NBATV Canada – Canada, CSN-Chicago, Fox Sports South - Cleveland
Live Stream: NBA League Pass
Radio: ESPN 1000, WTAM, WMVP
Chicago - Joakim Noah (right foot), Kirk Hinrich (right elbow), Taj Gibson (sprained right knee) are listed as day-to-day. Derrick Rose is out (right knee).
Cleveland – Kyrie Irving (right knee), Omir Casspi (appendectomy), Daniel Gibson (personal matters) and Anderson Varejao (vastus medialis split/surgery) are all out for Cleveland.