With each passing game, there is an increased emphasis put on when point guard Derrick Rose will return to the starting lineup for the Chicago Bulls and make his season debut. Bulls’ general manager Gar Forman spoke with reporters before the game against the Cavaliers on Monday and indicated that the organization was happy with the progress that Rose has made in his rehab from the ACL injury he suffered at the end of last season. Rose is likely on schedule to make his season debut at some point in February. Meaning the next time the Bulls play the Cavaliers, Rose could very well be the team’s starting point guard. On Monday, the Bulls did not need Rose as the team scored a season high 118 points in their victory against the Cavaliers.
Carlos Boozer continued his impressive string of performances for the Bulls on Monday. Boozer scored 24 points to go along with 11 rebounds in the Bulls victory on Monday. Luol Deng bounced back from his six-point performance on Friday against the Miami Heat as the small forward scored 19 points against the Cavaliers on Monday. Joakim Noah had a double-double as the center scored 11 points while also gathering 11 rebounds. Richard Hamilton scored 8 points while Kirk Hinrich added 6 points. The Bulls’ bench was productive as Taj Gibson scored 18 points, Nate Robinson scored 14 points, and Marco Belinelli scored 15 points. Daequan Cook made his debut with the Bulls on Tuesday as the guard played two minutes while going o-1 from the field and 0-1 from three point range.
For the Cavaliers, Dion Walters led the team with a total of 18 points while coming off the bench. C.J. Miles and Kyrie Irving each added 15 points, and power forward Tristian Thompson scored 14 points while collecting a team-high 8 rebounds.
The Bulls play the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. The Bucks will be with a new head coach as Scott Skiles has resigned from his role as the Bucks’ head coach.