Bulls at Magic on paper

Chicago Bulls: 29-35 (8th in Eastern Conference) Bulls Starting Lineup (and season averages) PG: Derrick Rose – 6’3, 190 – Rookie, Memphis 16.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 6.2 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.2 BPG, 2.53 TOPG (.466 FG%, .254 3P%, .794 FT%) SG: Ben Gordon – 6’3, 200 – 5th year, Connecticut 20.9 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 3.5 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.3 BPG, 2.63 TOPG (.457 FG%, .420 3P%, .864 FT%) SF: John Salmons – 6’6, 207 – 7th year, Miami-FL* 17.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.7 SPG, 1.0 BPG, 1.78 TOPG (.477 FG%, .323 3P%, .878 FT%) PF: Tyrus Thomas – 6’9, 215 – 3rd year, LSU 10.0 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.0 APG, 1.1 SPG, 1.8 BPG, 1.69 TOPG (.443 FG%, .375 3P%, .776 FT%) C: Joakim Noah – 6’11, 232 – 2nd year, Florida 6.0 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.6 SPG, 1.5 BPG, 0.98 TOPG (.534 FG%, .000 3P%, .636 FT%) * = Statistics after trade Where They Rank PPG: 11th (101.28) OPPG: 22nd (102.40) FG%: 19th (0.452) 3P%: 6th (0.381) FT%: 8th (0.790) APG: 14th (20.95) RPG: 7th (42.68) BPG: 4th (5.64) SPG: 9th (7.56) TOPG: 22nd (15.03) FPG: 19th (21.53) PPG = Points Per Game; OPPG = Opponent’s Points Per Game; FG% = Field Goal Percentage; 3P% = 3-Point Percentage; FT% = Free Throw Percentage; APG = Assists Per Game; RPG = Rebounds Per Game; BPG = Blocks Per Game; SPG = Steals Per Game; TOPG = Turnovers Per Game; FPG = Fouls Per Game Tidbits Chicago may still be winded from their game two nights ago in Miami. In a 130-127 two overtime loss to the Heat, the Bulls only played 7 players the entire game. Three (Salmons, Gordon and Rose) played 50+ minutes. If the Magic are as lackadaisical on the boards as they were two nights ago in Detroit, where the Pistons racked up 15 offensive rebounds, this game could easily be lost. The Bulls are one of the top rebounding and shot-blocking teams in the league, and Joakim Noah, no matter how ugly, is a force to be reckoned with in the paint. Hopefully for the Magic, the duo of Gortat and Howard will be able to display why they are the top two rebounders per 48 minutes in the East.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily

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