NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, December 30th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago Bulls (11-17) at Memphis Grizzlies (13-16), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bulls will try to get back on track when
they visit the Memphis Grizzlies Monday at FedExForum.
The Bulls had a two-game winning streak stopped with Saturday's 105-83 loss to
the Dallas Mavericks. Joakim Noah had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls,
while leading scorer Luol Deng (Achilles) missed his fourth straight game.
Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson scored 13 points apiece for Chicago, which shot
43.2 percent for the game and converted 16 Dallas turnovers into 22 points.
"They are a terrific offensive team," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said, "so if
they get their confidence early, you're in for a tough night."
Chicago is 4-11 on the road and will open a four-game homestand Tuesday versus
Toronto, Boston, Atlanta and Phoenix.
Deng and Jimmy Butler (toe) are questionable for Monday's game.
Memphis has won three of its last four games, including Saturday's 120-99
beating of the Denver Nuggets.
Zach Randolph had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Ed Davis
netted 17 points in the win.
Mike Conley tallied 14 points, six rebounds and four assists in the triumph.
"We're playing very hard, we're playing very good basketball," Conley said.
"It's starting to click for a lot of guys."
The Grizzlies, who are 7-10 at home, will play three straight on the road
against Phoenix, Denver and Detroit later this week.
Memphis took both meetings with Chicago last season and has won 12 of the last
14 games against the Bulls on Beale Street.
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