Unfortunately for basketball fans everywhere, Thursday night’s game between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls will not been the same-star studded affair seen opening night with both Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose out. The Heat (14-4, 5-2 away) travel to the United Center for a 9:30 p.m. tipoff against the Chicago Bulls (7-9, 5-1 home) Thursday night. You can find Heat @ Bulls tickets here.
The Rose-less Bulls have gone 1-4 since he tore his right meniscus late last month. Despite this, Chicago has won seven of the last 12 meetings since the Big 3 came together. The teams have split the six regular season meetings that Rose hasn’t been apart of.
Miami will have to roll with what they have on the roster, as Chris Andersen sits for personal reasons, and Wade remains a game-time decision for tonight’s rivalry renewed against the Bulls at the United Center.
Game Notes: The Bulls have shot 49.2 percent from the field over their last three contests….Joahim Noah, Kirk Hinrich, Mike Dunleavy, and Taj Gibson all played 40+ minutes in the Bulls 131-128 triple-overtime loss to New Orleans on Monday….Dwayne Wade has never missed a game (29) when returning to his hometown of Chicago….Including last season’s playoff series Miami has won five straight against Chicago.