Bobcats at Bulls
8 p.m., United Center
TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610
|Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg||Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg|
|G, K. Walker||15.3||3.9||G, D. Rose||15.4||2.9|
|G, G. Henderson||13.2||4.9||G, J. Butler||10.9||4.8|
|F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist||11.5||5.9||F, L. Deng||16.4||6.3|
|F, J. McRoberts||9.1||4.6||F, C. Boozer||16.9||8.0|
|C, B. Biyombo||3.7||7.9||C, J. Noah||8.5||9.1|
Matchup to Watch
It’s amusing the extent of the backlash Bulls point guard Derrick Rose gets for sitting out all last season with an ACL. As if anyone knows what he was feeling about his recovery.
Getting Rose back is big, not just in what he delivers, but in the flexibility it provides. Kirk Hinrich can play either guard spot, so he’s a versatile option off the bench.
Bobcats first-year coach Steve Clifford and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau are close friends. They worked together on Jeff Van Gundy’s staff at Houston.
The Bobcats had Sunday off from practice, which only made sense after such a rigorous week of games and travel. Clifford believes in the Van Gundy philosophy: If your players are too tired to practice intensely, then a day off is more productive than a work day.
The Bulls slapped around the previously undefeated Indiana Pacers on Saturday, leading by as much as 33 points.
This is the Bulls’ last home game before their first West Coast trip of the season.
The Bulls signed former Duke star Mike Dunleavy this offseason.
Did you know?
There’s a TV expression called “crow’s feet” for a game that, for circumstantial reasons, has no chance to draw ratings. The Carolina Panthers play the New England Patriots on Monday night. Crow’s feet.