Sixers return to United Center
The last time the Bulls saw the Philadelphia 76ers, several of their players were dancing on the scorer's table after knocking the Bulls out of the playoffs on May 10.
It was one of the few times in NBA history when a No. 8 seed knocked off a No. 1 seed in the first round of the playoffs. But it didn't seem like much of an upset after the Bulls lost Derrick Rose to a knee injury in Game 1 and played without Joakim Noah in the last three contests. Philadelphia will be at the United Center today.
"Yeah, it's in the past," coach Tom Thibodeau said Friday. "You learn from every situation. You move on. They're different in some of their personnel, but philosophically, they're the same. Doug (Collins) is their coach. He always gets their teams to play to their strengths and cover their weaknesses, so we've got to be ready."
Sixers make changes:
Philadelphia's roster has changed quite a bit since last year's playoff series. The Sixers got center Andrew Bynum from the Lakers in the multi-team Dwight Howard deal, but he hasn't played yet this season due to a sore knee.
Andre Iguodala went to Denver as part of that trade. The Sixers also watched super sub Lou Williams join Atlanta as a free agent, and they used to amnesty clause to release Elton Brand, who landed in Dallas.
Philadelphia added two new shooting guards — ex-Orlando Jason Richardson and former Clipper Nick Young — plus Dorrell Wright from Golden State and journeyman center Kwame Brown, who played for Doug Collins long ago in Washington.
During Saturday's game, the Bulls will wear special shooting shirts and red ribbons to raise awareness for World AIDS Day. … Luol Deng and the Bulls are hosting a Chicago housing Authority holiday party at the Museum of Science and Industry on Sunday.
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