The Chicago Bulls are confident they can succeed while Derrick Rose recovers from a knee injury. With or without their superstar, the Bulls have fared extremely well against the Cleveland Cavaliers of late.
Looking to start 2-0 for the first time since 2002, the Bulls try to extend their winning streak over the Cavaliers to eight Friday night.
Joakim Noah had 23 points with 10 rebounds, Richard Hamilton scored 19 and Carlos Boozer added 18 in Chicago's 93-87 home win over Sacramento on Wednesday.
"It's one game out of 82," said Noah, who posted the third-highest scoring game of his career. "Good start. But we have a lot of basketball to be played."
Chicago went 18-9 in games Rose missed last season en route to earning the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. However, things came crashing down in the opening round against Philadelphia when Rose tore his ACL. The Bulls were eliminated by the 76ers, and Rose is not expected to return until the second half of this season.