A slip-up in Memphis on Monday aside, the Chicago Bulls have been very tough to beat of late, and they're in control of both the Central division and the Eastern Conference. Derrick Rose hasn't played in the team's last two games and may be held out of more action over the weekend, but given the competition on deck, Chicago has a shot at a successful weekend regardless.
The full schedule is here, and this is the weekend ahead:
Jan. 20: at Cleveland Cavaliers (6:30 p.m. CT, CSN)
For Cleveland team that won just 19 games last season, a 6-7 start to the 2011-12 slate has to be considered some form of progress, though the Cavs are still a ways off from contending in the East again. Rookie point guard Kyrie Irving is one building block Cleveland has going forward, as the Duke product has been the real deal in the early going. Irving leads the team with 17.7 points and 5.2 assists.
Jan. 21: vs. Charlotte Bobcats (7:00 p.m. CT, CSN)
The Bobcats are off to a dreadful 3-12 start, though D.J. Augustin and Gerald Henderson are capable of causing some problems. Rookie Kemba Walker is still adjusting to the pro game and his shooting touch has been lacking, but he averages double figures along with Augustin and Henderson.
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