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Saturday, November 30th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago Bulls (7-7) at Cleveland Cavaliers (4-12), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bulls will try to register another victory
on their Circus road trip Saturday night when they face Central Division
rivals, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Bulls have been away from home since Nov. 21 and the sojourn has been a
disaster in almost an imaginable way.
Former MVP Derrick Rose injured his knee in Portland and it was determined he
would miss the rest of the season after surgery to repair medial meniscus tear
in his right knee. That comes after Rose missed all of last season recovering
from a torn ACL in his left knee.
On the court, the Bulls have gone 1-4 with the lone victory coming last time
out in Detroit. Chicago toppled the Pistons, 99-79, to halt that four-game
Luol Deng was magnificent for the Bulls, scoring a season-high 27 points to go
along with six rebounds, five assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
"Luol was just off the charts the whole game," Chicago head coach Tom
Thibodeau said. "He's a great offensive player and a great defensive player."
Taj Gibson scored 23 points off the bench on 11-for-13 shooting. Joakim Noah,
Tony Snell and Kirk Hinrich all scored 13 points apiece. Snell is starting for
Jimmy Butler, who should be back from a turf toe injury next week, and Hinrich
is in the starting lineup for Rose.
The Bulls return to the Windy City for four straight, starting Monday against
the New Orleans Pelicans.
Cleveland has lost five in a row and eight of their last nine games, including
Friday's 103-86 decision at Boston. Dion Waiters, the subject of recent trade
rumors, led the way with 21 points and star Kyrie Irving contributed 17
Anderson Varejao finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds off the bench for the
Cavaliers, who shot 37.2 percent and made only 4-of-18 3-pointers. The Cavs
struggled to dig themselves out of a 28-10 hole after the first 12 minutes.
"They jumped out on us early. We can't come out like that. We've got to come
out with a sense of urgency," Waiters said.
On a positive note, Cleveland's bench scored 56 points and its reserves have
notched at least 50 points in four of the last five games. Cavs guard C.J.
Miles missed the game with a balky calf and is questionable Saturday. Miles is
averaging 10.0 points per game this season, fourth on the team.
The Cavs hope to stop a three-game slide at home and are 3-3 at Quicken Loans
Arena as opposed to a 1-9 record away from it. Denver is scheduled to visit
the Q on Wednesday.
The Bulls bested the Cavs, 96-81, in Chicago on Nov. 11. Chicago has won 12 of
the last 13 against Cleveland and six straight in Ohio.
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