Bulls without four key contributors tonight vs Warriors

Bulls without four key contributors tonight vs Warriors
March 15, 2013, 12:00 pm
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A combined 25.3 points per game will join Derrick Rose on the bench Friday night for the Bulls. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Programming note: Warriors-Bulls coverage kicks off tonight at 7 PT on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

One day removed from a 42-point loss to the Sacramento Kings, the Chicago Bulls will be without three regulars on the court plus Derrick Rose, who had hoped to make his season debut tonight versus the Warriors.

Kirk Hinrich, Rip Hamilton and Taj Gibson will all be out of tonight's contest at Oracle Arena, according to a tweet by CSN contributor and 95.7 The Game co-host Matt Steinmetz.

The trio averages a combined 25.3 points per game this season.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau did not rule out Rose for Friday's game after practice Thursday, but confirmed to CSN Chicago this morning that Rose is "unlikely" to play against the Warriors.

The Bulls have been without Rose all season but are fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, 12 games behind first-place Miami.

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