07 February 2011
But the Blazers find themselves in the playoff race, fighting for the 8th spot at 27-24. The main work has been done by LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews. Aldridge, who many feel was an All-Star snub, is carrying the team with 21.2 ppg and 9.1 rpg. He's still loves his jump shot, but has been more willing to go inside. Matthews, a second-year starter from Marquette, has been a great surprise for the Blazers. He signed a 5-year, $34 million contract this off-season, and has played well above expectations since stepping into the starting lineup for Brandon Roy. He dropped 31 in a win over Cleveland on Saturday night, and has been hot from three.
The Bulls want to start another win streak after having their six-game streak snapped on Saturday. For Chicago, it starts with defense. This year, the Bulls are 2-10 when allowing 100 points. Part of the defensive struggle on Saturday was due to the Bulls offense. Derrick Rose committed a season high nine turnovers, which led to fast break opportunities. Derrick's 14 points were also a low since December 15th, when he only scored six against the Thunder.
I think the Bulls should bounce back and have a good game. One thing to watch for is how Derrick handles double teams. Carlos Boozer should really help him out there, as should Luol Deng if he's connecting from the outside. Derrick said he's watched film, and hopefully the controlled ball movement can lead to more points for the Bulls, and less turnovers.
Bulls win 103-97