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Chicago at Utah

Venue: EnergySolutions Arena
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If an absolute blowout in their first game without Derrick Rose is any indication, things may not go too well for the Chicago Bulls this season.

Looking to begin adjusting to life without Rose, the Bulls head into a road matchup with the woeful Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.

The Bulls are 0-3 on their six-game road trip and just found out that they won't have their star guard until 2014-15 following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

The 2011 NBA MVP missed all of last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Chicago's 2012 playoff opener against Philadelphia. He has played in just 50 games since the Bulls' run to the Eastern Conference finals during his MVP season.

''I think we have an understanding of what we need to do,'' coach Tom Thibodeau said. ''We can't feel sorry for ourselves. We have to circle the wagons, and then get out there and get the job done.''

While Chicago (6-6) mostly played well without Rose last season, there's ample cause for concern after the Bulls were thoroughly dominated in their first game without him Sunday, losing 121-82 to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Kirk Hinrich had nine points and seven assists while starting in place of Rose, who averaged a career-low 15.9 points this season and played in just 10 games before getting hurt again.

Luol Deng scored 22 and Carlos Boozer and Mike Dunleavy added 14 apiece Sunday for Chicago, which suffered its worst loss since a 121-79 defeat at Sacramento on March 13.

Despite the lopsided defeat, the Bulls reached the second round of the playoffs without Rose in 2012-13.

"We've done it before," Thibodeau said. "But we've got to get the fight. That's the first part of it - the determination, the fight and the will. The core of the team in there is the same core we had last year."

The Bulls close their road trip with games against Detroit and Cleveland after facing the Jazz, loser of six straight and nine of the last 11 matchups.

Chicago, winner of three of four in Salt Lake City, held the Jazz to a season-low point total in a 97-73 home win Nov. 8 that matches Utah's biggest loss of 2013-14. The Jazz were also beaten by 24 at Toronto on Nov. 9.

Utah (1-14) equaled that point total Sunday in a 95-73 loss to Oklahoma City - its sixth consecutive defeat since its only win Nov. 13 against New Orleans.

Enes Kanter and Rudy Gobert scored 10 points apiece to lead the Jazz, who shot 39.4 percent in falling to 0-9 on the road.

Rookie Trey Burke finished with four points on 2-of-9 shooting in his first start.

"We're trying to build who we are in this league with this group of guys, and we've got to have more of a sense of urgency to start a game, especially against a team that's this good," coach Tyrone Corbin said.

Utah, which has lost 10 games by 10 points or more, opens a two-game homestand that concludes Friday against Phoenix.

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Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Chicago1st Central 11.50001-1Lost 1
Utah4th Northwest 02.0001.50-2Lost 2
Injuries
Chicago
PlayerInjury
J ButlerThumb
Utah
PlayerInjury
No injuries reported.
 
Key Players
Luol Deng
Luol Deng, SF
36.8 Min. Per Game 29.0 Al Jefferson
Al Jefferson, C
16.8 Pts. Per Game 14.5
3.3 Ast. Per Game 2.2
7.5 Reb. Per Game 7.0
41.4 Field Goal % 43.9
17.1 Three Point % 0
84.3 Free Throw % 75.0
 
 
Series Game Log
DateLocationResults
Nov 1Utah 
Feb 6 @ Phoenix 
Apr 4 @ Phoenix 
 
Other Games
Min 84 Final
Ind 98
Bos 96 Final
Char 86
Mil 94 Final
Det 113
Pho 92 Final
Mia 107
Hou 93 Final
Mem 86
Den 110 Final
Dal 96
NO 93 Final
SA 112
NY 91 Final
Port 102