CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 27: Members of the Chicago Bulls including (top, L-R) Kyle Korver #26, Derrick Rose #1, Joakim Noah #13, C.J. Watson #7, John Lucas III #15, Brian Scalabrine #24, Taj Gibson #22, Jimmy Butler #21, Carlos Boozer #5, Omer Asik #3 Ronnie Brewer #11 and Richard Hamilton #32 huddle after player introductions before a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center on January 27, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The healing Bulls visit the surging Bucks as the Chicago bench continues to get tested during a wave of key injuries.
Despite starting their season 2-6, the Milwaukee Bucks now teeter on .500 after their impressive three-game winning streak, which included wins against the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat. After winning handily and crossing the century mark in all three of their games over the last week, the Bucks promise to be a considerable obstacle to a Bulls team beset with injuries.
The Bulls, despite their missing key starters such as PG Derrick Rose, still sport the best record in the Eastern Conference with a 19-6 mark. They most recently were without G-F Richard Hamilton (sore groin and bruised thigh) and SF Luol Deng (torn wrist ligament). Hamilton has proved useful to the Bulls in his 11 starts, but Deng has been crucial in the 2011-12 season, earning All-Star consideration despite his severe injury.
Unlike the Bucks, the Bulls entering the game after a week and a half of struggles. While the roster thinned out and players like rookie Jimmy Butler and bench player Brian Scalabrine get more playing time, the Bulls have found themselves incapable of sustaining a win streak, losing every other game since January 23.
The Bulls' most recent win may offer lights of hope, however, as the reigning MVP point guard Rose appears to be nearing full health after struggling with an ankle injury, and the rookie Butler had an excellent showing in the fourth quarter.
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