After six tough games on the road, the Chicago Bulls return home on Monday night to take on the Western Conference-leading San Antonio Spurs.
The Chicago Bulls only have four home games in the month of February and Monday night’s matchup against the San Antonio Spurs will be the first. It’s a quick pit stop for the Bulls before they head back out on the road just before the All-Star break and they won’t be back at the United Center until Feb. 21 when they have their first showdown at home against the Miami Heat.
Chicago went 3-3 on the first leg of their road trip winning games against the Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks and the Utah Jazz. They had an impressive showing against the Brooklyn Nets despite being shorthanded, were right there with the Indiana Pacers, and got their doors blown off in Denver against the Nuggets.
But they’re still right in the mix in the Eastern Conference as they currently sit in fourth place in the standings behind Miami, the New York Knicks and the Pacers.
They’ll have their hands full against the Western Conference-leading Spurs at the United Center on Monday, but they’ll be almost close to full strength as Carlos Boozer continues to work his way back from an injured hamstring and Joakim Noah continues to deal with the plantar fasciitis that’s slowed him of late.
Marco Belinelli will be a game-time decision against San Antonio as he continues to nurse his injured right ankle, and Kirk Hinrich will miss his sixth straight game with an infection in his right elbow.
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