So this certainly is getting old, but Derrick Rose (duh), Kirk Hinrich, Taj Gibson and Richard Hamilton (dude isn't even with the team) are all still out for the Bulls' matchup against the Kings on Wednesday night.
Tom Thibodeau said Hinrich has finally ditched the walking boot for his "sore" foot (who the hell is in a walking boot for weeks with just a "sore" foot?), and could be available on Friday when the Bulls take on the Warriors. The prognosis for Gibson isn't as optimistic, as Thibs said that he's "out longer," whatever the hell that means. If you recall, Gibson was initially pegged to be out two weeks, but we've flown past that mark and will be at three when this week is up. At this point, it wouldn't surprise me if Gibson is out a month.
The Bulls' offense has been absolutely dreadful of late, especially on the road. Over the last four road games (all losses), the Bulls are averaging 82.0 points on 36.4 percent shooting. Hopefully the Kings will provide the remedy, as they are dead-last in the NBA in scoring defense, giving up 105.1 points per game.
But while the Kings are poor defensively, they do have the ability to score some and have actually been pretty decent at home this year. The Kings are 22-43 overall, but have a very respectable mark of 16-15 at home. There's some really nice talent in the backcourt in Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton and Isaiah Thomas, and of course there's DeMarcus Cousins up front.
However, the Bulls could catch a break if Cousins gets suspended for his moronic elbow to Mike Dunleavy's head the other night. Cousins has a long history of that type of ridiculous behavior, so I would have to imagine the league isn't going to go easy on him. Cousins is arguably the most talented big man in the NBA, but his immaturity has held him back ever since he came into the league.
[Note by JayPatt, 03/13/13 4:35 PM CDT: Per USA Today's Sam Amick, Cousins will not be suspended, but is not expected to play due to a leg injury.]
The Bulls did beat the Kings on opening night this season, but it was in typically ugly fashion. Joakim Noah had a big game in a 93-87 win, with a line of 23 points, 10 rebounds, five steals, three assists and three blocks. With all the other injuries, Noah having another similar game is almost imperative, unless Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng decide to get their heads out of their rear ends.
Tip-off is at 9 p.m. CT (ugh) and the game will be on CSN Chicago. And if you care about such things, this could be the last game for the Bulls in Sacramento.