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Chicago Bulls (11-9) at Philadelphia 76ers (12-9) Preview: Answering the Liberty Bell

December 12th, 2012 at 3:47 PM
By Caleb Nordgren

When last the Chicago Bulls visited the city of brotherly love, CJ Watson made a stupid pass to Omer Asik, who missed two free throws and was forced to foul Andre Iguodala, who made the game-winning free throws to vanquish the Bulls form the playoffs.

Now, 7 months later, precisely none of those three players will be involved. Iguodala is in Denver, Asik is in Houston and Watson is in Brooklyn.

The Bulls have faced the Philadelphia 76ers once already this year, when the Sixers visited the United Center and lost. That was also the game in which Rip Hamilton was injured, so the news wasn't all good, but still. The Bulls will try to bounce back from their tough loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, while Philly is rested. This could get interesting.

Key Matchup: Luol Deng v. Evan Turner

One night after he had one of his worst performances in recent memory, the Bulls are going to need Deng to step up. He slapped up a 25/7/7 on 10/16 shooting last time these two teams played, while Turner struggled his way to 12 points on 6/17 from the field. Chicago can't afford another game like last night's from Deng, and Turner has stepped his game up this year as the SIxers have tried to stay afloat without Andrew Bynum. He's averaging 15/7/4 this year and shooting almost 46 percent from three, so keeping him in check should help a lot.

Oh, and the Bulls kind of hate him. So there's that.

Tags: Andrew Bynum, Chicago, Chicago Bulls, Evan Turner, Los Angeles Clippers, Luol Deng, NBA, Omer Asik, Philadelphia 76ers, Rip Hamilton

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