Preview: Bulls at Bobcats
The Chicago Bulls opted to stand pat at Thursday's trade deadline, banking that the eventual return of star point guard Derrick Rose from injury will surpass any impact the team could get from making a deal. The lack of a move caused Rose's older brother, Reggie, to rip the organization, telling ESPN Chicago that the Bulls lack the talent to compete for a league title. Chicago certainly did nothing to squelch that notion in an ugly home loss to Miami on Thursday night. The Bulls will look to rebound when they visit the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.Charlotte was expected to unload backup shooting guard Ben Gordon on Thursday, but it turned into one of the few times this season that the team was unable to make a loss happen. Instead, the Bobcats made a minor move by acquiring Josh McRoberts from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Hakim Warrick in a swap of journeymen forwards. Charlotte is coming off a 105-99 home loss to Detroit on Wednesday night that thwarted the team's chances of winning back-to-back games for the first time in three months.TV: 7 p.m. ET, WCIU (Chicago), SportSouth (Charlotte)ABOUT THE BULLS (31-23): Chicago scored a season-low 67 points in the lackluster loss to Miami, the second time in three games it has been held under 70 points. Hinrich's elbow injury flared up again in Tuesday's win, forcing him out of the lineup for the eighth time in nine games. The combination of a foul-plagued Nate Robinson and rookie Marquis Teague manning the point guard position helped result in 27 turnovers - the most by the Bulls since December 2004. Chicago fell to 3-6 in February and has reached 100 points only once in that span.ABOUT THE BOBCATS (13-41): The All-Star break appears to have done wonders for Kemba Walker, who is coming off back-to-back 24-point efforts after having been held under eight points in three of the previous five games. Charlotte has split a pair of meetings in Chicago this season and will be looking for only its third home win since Nov. 21. Walker had 18 points in each of the two games against the Bulls. Byron Mullens missed both matchups vs. Chicago, but he has averaged 17.8 points in eight games since returning from injury.BUZZER BEATERS1. Chicago has won its last three visits to Charlotte, holding the Bobcats under 70 points twice last season.2. Since the start of last season, the Bobcats have lost 100 of 120 games.3. The Bulls have a better record on the road (16-10) than at home (15-13).PREDICTION: Bulls 89, Bobcats 86
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