WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30: Derrick Rose #1 (L) talks with teammate Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago BuJoakim NDerrick Rose (R) during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on January 30, 2012 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
The Nets, who couldn't stop Jeremy Lin on Saturday, face a somewhat better point guard in Derrick Rose on Monday when the Bulls come to Newark for their only appearance in New Jersey this season. The reigning MVP is averaging 23.6 points, 8.2 assists and 3.5 rebounds and will be the starting point guard on the East All-Stars.
The Bulls position atop the East and in the power rankings has been achieved without a soft schedule. Chicago in fact has played one more road game than the Nets and are 11-5 away from United Center. And if Rose wasn't enough, the Bulls front court of Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng are all playing well. Richard Hamilton (thigh) is out.
For the Nets, it will be the first of four games in six days, three of them at home. After Saturday's game vs. San Antonio, the team will have three whole days off. Anthony Morrow will join the inactive rolls Monday to attend his grandmother's funeral. Keith Bogans, who started 98 games for the Bulls last season, will replace him at SG. The Nets announced that none of the injured Nets will be back this week. Only nine players will be in uniform Monday. Speaking of uniforms, those nine will dress in their retro "New York Nets" uniforms vs. Chicago.
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