Bulls look for payback against Clippers

The Bulls remember the day they squandered a 35-point lead and lost to the Clippers. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

DEERFIELD – The Chicago Bulls have a chance Tuesday night to wipe away their worst memory of the young season when they host the Los Angeles Clippers.

It was on Nov. 17 when the Bulls yielded 35 points in the second quarter and watched the Clippers run away with a 101-80 victory. It was the Bulls' worst loss of the season.

"No question," Joakim Noah said Tuesday morning about that loss giving the team motivation.

Both teams come into the game hot. The Bulls have won five of six while the Clippers have won six in a row.

"You don't want to change, you want to learn," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "You have to move forward so hopefully we're a different team then we were back then. You also have to study your opponent and know what happened."

Maybe they have learned something because that second quarter remains the worst 12 minutes of basketball for the Bulls this season.

"You have to treat the losses differently than you would a win," Thibodeau said. "But you don't want to keep thinking about that. It was almost a month ago. Hopefully you improve and you're ready for the next opponent that comes your way."


* Kirk Hinrich will play after hyper-extending his left elbow on Saturday against the New York Knicks.

* Thibodeau isn't fazed by Tuesday's 8:30 pm tip-off time. "The biggest thing is being ready," Thibodeau said. "It's part of the NBA ... I think it's important to have ‘anytime, anywhere' type guys. You tell them ‘we're going at this time' and they're ready to go."

* Derrick Rose could be seen doing wind sprints at the Berto Center as the team practiced Tuesday morning.

* Chauncey Billups is questionable for the Clippers.

Editor's note: It was incorrectly inserted in the original story that the Bulls yielded a 35-point lead in the second quarter of the first matchup. The Clippers scored 35 in the second quarter.