8 a.m. ET: Not having Derrick Rose has not turned out to be much of a problem for the Chicago Bulls. Then again, that should not be much of a surprise, given their leadership.
Former Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau is the head man in Chicago, of course, and under his direction the Bulls have not let the absence of the former NBA Most Valuable Player hold them back. The Bulls (22-15) are in second place in the Central Division and have won six of their last eight games despite Rose having yet to suit up. Their success is built on one of the league’s best defenses and heavy minutes Luol Deng and Joakim Noah. Even Carlos Boozer has rediscovered his double-double form of late.
Meanwhile, Thibodeau’s former team just wants to get back on the winning track. The Celtics (20-18) let their guards down against the Hornets on Wednesday, leading to the end of their six-game win streak. With a strong effort against the Bulls, the Celtics can make that loss a forgotten blip in an otherwise successful month thus far.
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