Tuesday , Jan , 17 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Bulls seeking turnaround

(Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls (15-22) have lost three consecutive games
and are the only team in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division below the
.500 mark. The Bulls are a distant 16 games behind division-leading Detroit
and 4 1/2 games behind fourth-place Milwaukee.

The Chicago season has been one of big swings – in both directions. In late
December the team lost seven straight games. The Bulls broke the losing streak
by winning three consecutive times before starting its current three-game
losing streak.

In Chicago’s most recent outing, a 97-94 loss to Denver at the United Center,
the game was dominated by Carmelo Anthony. The third-year pro out of Syracuse
was outstanding posting 39 points along with four rebounds and three assists.
The Bulls had no answer for the Denver forward.

Chicago has two more games remaining of a four-game homestand – Wednesday
against the New York Knicks (13-23) and Friday against the Houston Rockets
(12-24).

The Bulls “owned” the Knicks last year, winning all four contests, but lost
109-101 to New York in late November. New York outscored the Bulls 35-19 in
the deciding fourth quarter and ended the game by going 45-of-57 from the foul
line.

The Bulls have sent opponents to the line 1,107 times, among the top-five in
the NBA.

On the other hand, the Bulls had lost four straight to Houston before
defeating the Rockets 94-89 on November 26th.

Guard/forward Eric Piatkowski (ankle) is questionable for Wednesday’s game.
Andres Nocioni is expected to play despite nursing a sore neck.

CHI