Game 41: Chicago Bulls (24-16) versus Golden State Warriors (38-4)
Location: United Center – Chicago
Time: 7:00 p.m. central
TV: Comcast SportsNet Chicago, ESPN
The Bulls will have one last chance to give the Warriors a loss Wednesday night when they take them on for the second and final time this regular season.
Matchup of the Game
Derrick Rose versus Stephen Curry
The last time these two teams met, Rose was sidelined with a sprained left ankle, so he didn’t get to battle the reigning league MVP. This time around will be different, though.
Rose won’t necessarily spend most of his time on the defensive end guarding Curry, as Jimmy Butler will also be assigned to defend him, but it will be interesting to see if Rose finds the motivation in this matchup to have a breakout performance.
Jan. 18: Bulls defeat Detroit Pistons, 111-101
From our the “Quick Take” of our Fast-Break Recap:
The Bulls got off to a slow start, trailing by 13 points at one point in the first quarter, but the Bulls’ bench got them back in the game. The bench executed well offensively, actually moving the ball around and having players move on the court unlike the starters, who had resorted to isolation plays.
The Bulls’ starters eventually got the memo, though, and picked up right where the second unit had left off. A 30-point second quarter gave them the 56-53 halftime lead.
To open the third quarter, the Bulls started quickly unlike when they began the game, going on a 6-0 run to gain a nine-point lead. The Pistons responded, though, cutting that back down. Once the fourth quarter came around, though, the Pistons couldn’t capitalize on the fact they had cut the Bulls’ deficit to four heading into the final period.
Jan. 18: Warriors defeat Cavaliers 132-98
In what was hoped to be an exciting NBA Finals rematch, the Warriors continued their absolute dominance, blowing out the defending Eastern Conference champions. The Warriors scored 30-plus points in the first three quarters while the Cavs couldn’t score over 23 points until the fourth quarter.
Last Time They Met
November 20, 2015: Bulls lose to Warriors, 106-94
The Bulls actually put up a good fight and really threatened the Warriors’ then-undefeated record. It was a close game, and it took a while for either team to actually take control of the game. The Warriors started to pull away at the start of the fourth quarter, taking a six-point lead, but the Bulls weren’t going anywhere just yet.
Kirk Hinrich hit a 3-pointer at the 5:43 mark of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 89, but the Bulls ran out of gas after that, scoring just six more points. Meanwhile, the Warriors ran away with the game, putting up 14 more points until the final buzzer sounded.
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