Hawks Vs. Bulls: Derrick Rose Returns, Atlanta Falls Again

The Atlanta Hawks' road trip woes continue as they lose to the Chicago Bulls 90-82 in Derrick Rose's return on Presidents Day.

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Hawks Vs. Bulls Halftime Update: Chicago Owns The Glass, Lead 55-37

Derrick Rose has come back into the Chicago Bulls lineup without missing a beat as his 14 points and 3 assists have given his hometown team a 55-37 halftime lead over the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center.

The Hawks have simply been pummeled on the glass thus far in this game as the Bulls have out-rebounded Larry Drew's club 30-13 in thirty minutes of play. Joakim Noah's 11 rebounds is more than the entire starting lineup for the Hawks.

Josh Smith has been the only bright spot for the Hawks, as he's filled the stat sheet with 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in 22 minutes of action. Jannero Pargo has come off the bench to give his team a spark as his 7 points in just 8 minutes of action has been the only other sign of life for the Hawks.

A loss against the Bulls would be 4 losses in the last 5 games for Larry Drew, as Atlanta has missed the presence of Al Horford noticeably in recent games.

For more on this game Hawks fans should visit Peachtree Hoops and Bulls fans should check out Blog A Bull. For more news and analysis from around the NBA head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Derrick Rose In The Starting Lineup Vs. Hawks, C.J. Watson Ruled Out

The Atlanta Hawks will be greeted by a familiar face they probably would've rather not seen. Derrick Rose has returned to the lineup for the Chicago Bulls on Monday afternoon after missing five consecutive games with lower back spasms. Per Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago, head coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose had no problems on Sunday:

"He went through practice [Sunday] and he didn’t have any problems," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said before the game. "He’s been cleared by [Bulls trainer] Fred [Tedeschi]."

Thibodeau will have to manage his rotation of point guards accordingly as Rose’s backup, C.J. Watson, missed Monday’s game due to a concussion after getting hit in the head by New Jersey’s Deron Williams during Saturday’s loss to the Nets. Expect John Lucas and Mike James to handle the backup point guard duties.

For more on this game Hawks fans should visit Peachtree Hoops and Bulls fans should check out Blog A Bull. For more news and analysis from around the NBA head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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