CHICAGO -- Remember that kitchen sink the Dallas Mavericks threw at Houston's Dwight Howard this past Monday? They're going to have to throw it at the Chicago Bulls with the two clubs meet tonight at 7 at the United Center.
There aren't many NBA teams who are as physical as the Bulls, who, ironically, play like a Bull in a china shop and take physicality to a whole new level.
"It's a great competition game,'' coach Rick Carlisle said after this morning's shootaround. "They challenge everything, we've got to challenge everything.
"They go after everything, we've got to match that. I think our guys understand that.''
The Mavs (16-13) also understands that they can fall into the trap of looking at the Bulls' woeful 11-16 record and believing tonight is going to be an easy game. Chicago's has been besieged with injuries, including losing former league Most Valuable Player guard Derrick Rose indefinitely with a knee injury after he played just 10 games this season.
But the Bulls still have enough bruisers on their roster in Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah who can probably suit up for the Bears, who will host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday for the NFC North title.
"I don’t think we’ve played a team quite like them in terms of their physicality,'' Carlisle said of the Bulls. "Maybe Memphis, but they did have (Marc) Gasol in the last game.
"It's really what this league is all about right now. It's who wants it more.''
-- Dwain Price
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