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Start Time: 7:00 PM CDT
Where: Madison Square Garden Watch: Comcast Sportsnet
Bulls: Dwyane Wade (elbow, out)
Knicks: Carmelo Anthony (back, expected to play), Lance Thomas (hip, game time decision), Derrick Rose (knee, out for season), Joakim Noah (suspension)
Bulls: PG Rajon Rondo, SG Jimmy Butler, SF Paul Zipser, PF Nikola Mirotic, C Robin Lopez
Knicks: PG Ron Baker, SG Courtney Lee, SF Carmelo Anthony, PF Kristaps Porzingis, C Willy Hernangomez
Somehow, some way the Bulls have won 4 straight to move their record to 38-39 and the 7th seed in the East. They also sit just a game behind the 6th seeded Hawks and two games behind the 5th seeded Bucks. Jimmy has been an absolute monster the past two weeks. Mirotic is back from the dead and playing like he belongs in the NBA. Rondo apparently decided he wants to get paid next season. The Bulls are playing really well and it's completely pointless in terms of both advancing in the post-season and building for next season.
We can only sympathize with the Knicks having experienced Rose's season ending knee injuries twice ourselves. It's hard to not feel awful for him. The Knicks were officially eliminated from post-season contention 3 games ago and their record is 29-48. New York won the last matchup 104-89 and featured Noah grabbing 16 rebounds.