Thought I'd start a thread for everyone to discuss the upcoming game against the Bulls. On January 5th, the Bulls put a hurtin' on us. Pau went off for 27 and 14. Jimmy Butler made his case for being a top SG in the league. Joakim Noah tallied 6 of Chicago's 12 total blocks. D-Rose was one assist shy of a double-double. Even Nikola Mirotic got in on the act exacting revenge on Morey for trading him by posting a 17 & 8 with 2 blocks..
For the good guys, Patrick Beverley played one of his best games of the season in front of his hometown crowd posting a quality 31 minutes of play going 7-12 for 14 points, 6 rebs, 6 asts, 1 stl, and 2 blks with 0 turnovers. D-Mo was solid as well and looked very good against Gasol and Noah.
Josh Smith was both Jeckyl and Hyde for us. His line was nice: 10-20 for 20 points with 6 rebs, 2 asts, and 3 stls. He also added 4 turnovers, went 1-5 from deep (although that was not as bad as it appears), made some questionable crunch time choices, and had a team worst -19 +/-.
All in all, we played well, but down the stretch Chicago cranked up the D and we fell apart.
So, what can we expect this time around? D-Mo should start in place of Dwight. T-Jones will help. Harden will want to show that Butler can't shut him down. Beverley likes to play Chicago.
Both teams will be well-rested as Chicago hasn't played since losing to the Suns on Friday while Houston is coming off of Saturday's loss to Detroit.
What are everyone's thoughts, predictions, questions for the upcoming game?