Rose didn't practice on Thursday, but the Bulls should still be in good hands with replacement C.J. Watson after easily beating Phoenix 118-97 in their most recent game. Currently holding the top record in the NBA, Rose would certainly give the Bulls a boost as they face an up-and-coming Cavaliers team.
Point guard Kyrie Irving, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft, has been impressive so far in leading Cleveland to a 6-7 record. Last season's Cavaliers were 7-9 through their first 16 games before going into a 1-36 tailspin.
Carlos Boozer is coming off his best game of the season, as he torched the Suns for 26 points in the first half en route to a season-high 31 points. Watson was also impressive in his second game back from injury, scoring 23 points and dishing out five assists.
A win on Thursday night would bump Chicago up to 14-3 on the abbreviated season. Last season, the Bulls were 9-8 through their first 17 games, although they obviously finished that season on quite the roll.
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