CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls drives to the basket between (L-R) Anthony Morrow #22, Shawne Williams #7 and Kris Humphries #43 of the New Jersey Nets at the United Center on January 23, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Nets 110-95. 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 Bulls face a trio of struggling opponents in their first full week of February games.
Here's a look at the Bulls recent and upcoming schedule:
Next 5 Games
|@ New Jersey||Mon 02/06||6:30 PM CST|
|@ New Orleans||Wed 02/08||7:00 PM CST|
|@ Charlotte||Fri 02/10||6:00 PM CST|
|@ Boston||Sun 02/12||2:30 PM CST|
|Sacramento||Tue 02/14||7:00 PM CST|
Last 5 Games
|@ Milwaukee||Sat 02/04||W 113 - 90|
|@ New York||Thu 02/02||W 105 - 102|
|@ Philadelphia||Wed 02/01||L 82 - 98|
|@ Washington||Mon 01/30||W 98 - 88|
|@ Miami||Sun 01/29||L 93 - 97|
The Bulls are coming off an impressive win over the Milwaukee Bucks (10-13), who had been surging in recent weeks, but looked deflated against the hot-shooting Chicago offense.
Chicago was recently buoyed by the return of SF Luol Deng, playing Saturday night despite a torn wrist ligament that will require off-season surgery. The team is also hoping for the return of starting SG Richard Hamilton, the team's elder statesman, who is battling a sore groin and bruised right thigh and is listed as questionable for Monday night's game.
The Bulls have also dealt with injuries to the reigning NBA MVP, point guard Derrick Rose, who is listed as probable with a sore back. Rose has led the team with an impressive 23.6 points and 8.2 assists per game.
Meanwhile, the Nets boast only 8 wins on the season, losing 4 of their last 5 games. New Jersey started the season with a regrettable 1-6 record, but have since improved a little behind the play of F Kris Humphries and G Deron Williams. The team also feature a familiar face in former Bulls G-F Keith Bogans, who started all 82 games for Chicago in the 2010-11 NBA Season.
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