Like I shared in my Bobcats game recap, the Bulls injuries are piling up:
Current Gossip on Bulls Injuries
(Note: In some cases, players are making predictions about when they will come back and I have no idea what part the coaching and medical staff play in actually re-activating a player… After Rip coming back to early to play the Pistons and then missing the next EIGHT games, they are likely being cautious) :
John Lucas – sat on the bench for the Charlotte contest in street clothes, but said that he would most likely be back in the lineup and ready to play on Monday.
Taj Gibson – experienced a high ankle sprain and in both basketball and football… Its thought to be a significant injury. The Heat’s Chalmers was diagnosed with this in the summer of 2010 and had to wear a cast for 2-4 weeks, yikes! We’ll see how this pans out… Tough, tough loss.
Joakim Noah – I suspected that Noah just wanted a breather and Thibs wanted to tinker with the starting lineup anyway. This was the perfect scenario in which to do it. I expect him back tonight (my own little prediction). If not, then the ankle sprain is worse than normal. The sprains for bigs affect them worse than guards though. Carlos sat out a couple of weeks last season after a sprain.
Derrick Rose – The MVP is getting restless… You almost saw it coming as he refused to put a suit back on for the Charlotte game, opting to wear his warmups and a gym shoe (that’s a Chicago term for sneaker, btw) with the laces undone so his toe could breathe. Strong rumors in Chicago that he’ll play. Pros: Nice warmup before Indiana who will look to attack him mercilessly on Wednesday. Cons: Even if we drop a game, we’ve got such a nice cushion it won’t matter in the long run. Also, what if he’s not ready to come back and has to sit out against Miami? Hawks and Bucks showed that they are vulnerable at home… Derrick must play in that game. #messagetime
Luol Deng – I heard he got an MRI on his wrist and the results haven’t come back yet. I think Deng should sit down. He’s logged a bunch of time, sit him down already and put Jimmy Butler in the rotation. He should have seen more time anyway against these below .500 teams. He’s just as good as some of these other rookies I see out there. This is a 4 year guy from Marquette for God’s sakes Thibs!
NEW JERSEY NETS ROSTER
|Point Guard||Deron Williams||Jordan Farmar||Sundiata Gaines|
|Shooting Guard||MarShon Brooks||Anthony Morrow|
|Small Forward||DeShawn Stevenson||Shawne Williams||Larry Owens||Damion James|
|Power Forward||Kris Humphries||Shelden Williams|
|Center||Mehmet Okur||Johan Petro||Jordan Williams||Brook Lopez|
Deron Williams, like Dwight Howard has a short list of teams he’s interested in. He also is lobbying for Howard to come to the Nets. Can’t blame him, but is seems silly to try to deal for Dwight when Orlando is exceeding expectations and New Jersey has nosedived in the wake of losing Brook Lopez to a broken foot.
Derrick always enjoys this matchup and regularly overmatches Deron. My friend likes to say D.Rose is either too big, too strong or too fast vs. other point guards. Against Deron he’s definitely too fast and strong:
Morrow and Marshon Brooks are scorers for New Jersey that will need to be contained. DeShawn Stevenson, it goes without saying can hit the three. Kris Humphries is an energizer bunny at the rim for offensive rebounds. Asik will be the only one that can match his effort on the boards if we have to go without both Noah and Taj. The Bulls must gang rebound. The Nets team stats are disturbing and indicative of their 5-12 record.
- Nets are 28th in the league in FG% – .413
- Nets allow teams to shoot league-highs in both FG% – .486 and 3FG% – .430
We’ll see how tonight turns out. I’ll be in-game tweeting from @ChiTwnBullsBlog and I cannot lie, I’ve missed seeing the MVP play and would be thrilled if he can go tonight.
Take care Bulls fans!