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Bucks (17-16) vs. Chicago Bulls (19-13)

WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday.

WHERE: United Center.

BROADCASTS: TV - FS Wisconsin. Radio - AM-620.

ABOUT THE BULLS: Chicago is still thriving without Derrick Rose, who has not yet been cleared for full contact. That will be the next step for the Bulls star as he recovers from off-season surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The Bulls have won three straight games since melting down in a New Year's Eve matinee home loss to Charlotte. They scored a season-high point total in a 118-92 rout of Cleveland on Monday as Carlos Boozer posted his fifth straight double-double (24 points and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes). The Bulls hit 10 of 14 three-pointers against the Cavaliers.


G Richard Hamilton, 6-7, Connecticut

G Kirk Hinrich, 6-4, Kansas

F Luol Deng, 6-9, Duke

F Carlos Boozer, 6-9, Duke

C Joakim Noah, 6-11, Florida

Coach: Tom Thibodeau (third season, 131-49).

Injury report: Derrick Rose (left knee surgery) is out. Kirk Hinrich (sore left knee) is day-to-day.


G Monta Ellis, 6-3, Lanier (Miss.)

G B. Jennings, 6-1, Oak Hill (Va.)

F Ersan Ilyasova, 6-10, Turkey

F Luc Mbah a Moute, 6-8, UCLA

C Larry Sanders, 6-11, VCU

Coach: Jim Boylan (first season, 1-0; second overall, 25-32).

Injury report: None.

The Bulls lead, 118-104. The teams have split the first two games this season, with the Bulls winning, 93-86, in Milwaukee on Nov. 24 and the Bucks winning, 93-92, at the United Center two nights later. Chicago has won nine of the last 10.
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