[Kind of a truncated game preview, Swoove, but I guess it's appropriate given the Bulls effort last night.
I'm not sure who's in for Phoenix after their flurry of trades this week. Likely just Brandon Knight and Marcus Thornton, not sure we should even care if Danny Granger or John Salmons are active. -yfbb]
I would have hoped the All-Star break would give the Bulls some much needed rest. I would have hoped that the Bulls could travel into Michigan with fresh bodies and sharp focus, and finally be able to take care of a bad team wire-to-wire. I guess that was too much to ask for, and things only get dicier moving forward as the Bulls start their 7-game home stand against the new-look Phoenix Suns.
The Bulls next three games after tonight's are against the Bucks, Hornets, and Timberwolves with zombie Kevin Garnett. After last night's debacle, this club can't afford anymore mishaps against lesser opponents. Anything less than 4 wins during this stretch would certainly have fans panicking, but more importantly should have the personnel within the Bulls organization taking a long, hard look in the mirror. The schedule the rest of the way is littered with talented teams here and there, but isn't inherently difficult.
With Derrick Rose rounding back in to shape, Joakim Noah looking active, and the rest of the roster finally healthy for the first time since November, things are finally starting to look up. The final leg of the NBA regular season has begun, and it would be wonderful for the Bulls to end on a strong foot.