While the forecast calls for snowfall in Chicago tonight, the Suns’ offense will attempt to rise against a Bulls club that has not lost at home thus far this season.
In fact, the Bulls now own the league’s modern-era record for the fewest points allowed in a team’s first five home games . This will be a challenge for a Suns team that has only topped 100 points once in the past four games.
Chicago is leading the NBA in defense, allowing only a mere 83.8 points a night. However, the Suns may catch a break if reigning MVP Derrick Rose sits out tonight’s contest with a sprained toe.
The Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson is reporting that Rose, who is also suffering from a sinus cold and a bad reaction to medication for the toe, will have the decision to play left up to him.
However, the team team is considering holding him out like it did in yesterday’s loss at Memphis. And much like the Bulls, the Suns are also coming off a loss.
Phoenix tipped off its five-game road trip with a loss in San Antonio on Sunday. The trip, which spans nine days, concludes in Dallas next Monday.
Since the coaching staff was going to hold four players out of practice due to injury anyway, the team elected to skip practice yesterday after arriving at the hotel after 2 a.m. Monday morning.
When asked what it’s like to schedule practice during a condensed season with a crew of players dealing with injuries, Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry called it nearly “impossible.”
“You have to decide, is it worth going out and trying to have practice when you have four games coming up,” Gentry said. “You just have to weigh whether you get more out of practice or letting their bodies rest a little longer.”
All of the Suns players are slated to play at 6 p.m. tonight on FOX Sports Arizona.