NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 4th (All times eastern)
Chicago Bulls (21-28) at New Orleans Hornets (28-17), 8:00 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Orleans Hornets will try to stop a season-high three-game losing streak Wednesday night when they resume a four-game homestand versus the Chicago Bulls in the Big Easy.
New Orleans All-Star guard Chris Paul is considered day-to-day with a groin injury he sustained during Monday's game against Portland in the opener of the homestand. Paul left late in the third quarter of the 97-89 loss and underwent further tests on Tuesday. An MRI exam revealed a mild groin strain.
Paul had already posted 12 points and 13 assists before leaving the contest, and the Blazers took advantage of his absence by outscoring the Hornets 42-17 the rest of the way. Paul, who is expected to miss Wednesday's game, is averaging team highs of 21.5 points and 10.9 assists this season.
David West tallied 25 points with eight rebounds in the loss for the Hornets, while Peja Stojakovic netted 18 points and Rasual Butler 11 in defeat. New Orleans will also host Toronto and Minnesota, and is 16-7 at home this season.
The Bulls will resume a seven-game road trip this evening and is 2-3 so far on the trek. They had a three-game winning streak stopped with Tuesday's 107-100 setback at Houston, as Luol Deng notched a season-high 28 points and grabbed six rebounds in a losing effort.
Ben Gordon scored 20 points and rookie Derrick Rose ended with 12 points, seven boards and seven assists despite a sprained foot for Chicago, which got 14 points and 13 boards from Tyrus Thomas. The Bulls are 8-18 outside of the Windy City this season and will also visit the Dallas Mavericks.
Bulls forward Drew Gooden missed his seventh straight game due to a strained groin and is out indefinitely.
New Orleans won both matchups with Chicago in 2007-08 and has won 22 of the previous 30 meetings between the teams. The Bulls have lost 13 of their last 16 games as the guest in this series.
02/04 10:28:00 ET