The compressed 2011-2012 NBA season has its (very) hard weeks and its easier weeks, and this week the Chicago Bulls get to enjoy one of the latter. They will host the Boston Celtics on national TV on Thursday, but the three game homestand is bookended by two match ups with teams that should offer Chicago ltle resistance.
The Kings and Bulls met in the first week of the season when Chicago was on its first West Coast road trip of the season, and the Bulls defeated Sacramento 108-98 behind a double-double from Carlos Boozer. The Kings (10-17) are playing better as of late, having won four of six games in February, including wins over the Portland Trailblazers and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Thursday, Feb. 16: Boston Celtics (7:00 p.m. CST, TNT)
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has fared well against his old employers during his tenure in Chicago, and the two teams' third match up of the 2011-2012 season should once again be a hard-fought battle between two of the best defensive teams in the NBA.
The Bulls have taken down the Nets twice this season, most recently earlier this month when they cruised to a 20 point victory in New Jersey. Derrick Rose against Derron Williams is of course the marquee match up, but in the teams' previous match up it was the Bulls frontcourt that destroyed a Nets team that was thin and depleted down low.
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