Chicago (5-15) at Milwaukee (10-12)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Fri Dec 12, 2003
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With Scottie Pippen thinking about retiring because of recurring knee problems, the Chicago Bulls look to end a three-game losing streak when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks.

Pippen is not expected to play against the Bucks, missing his ninth game— fourth in a row.

“I question myself whether or not I can play another year. Or this year,” Pippen said Wednesday after the Bulls practiced. “I just have to wait and see.”

The 38-year-old Pippen missed 17 games and most of the postseason with the Portland Trail Blazers last season after having surgery on his left knee.

A cornerstone with Michael Jordan during Chicago’s six championships in the 1990s, Pippen was voted one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996. He has been an All-Star seven times during his 16-year career.

When he signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Bulls last summer, it wasn’t out of nostalgia. He and general manager John Paxson hoped the forward could play at least 60 games, and give the young Bulls some desperately needed veteran leadership and experience.

Chicago, coming off a 96-82 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, is averaging 85 points in its last three games.

Eddy Curry was one of the Bulls’ only bright spots Monday, scoring all 16 of his points in the fourth quarter. The third-year center is second on the team with 14 points per game.

“He has to realize he’s capable of doing that. He’s capable of having a 16-point quarter,” said Bulls forward Antonio Davis, who had 16 points and 13 rebounds. “We can’t tell him that, we can’t force-feed him that. He has to realize that he can win games for us.”

The Bucks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 94-89 overtime win against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. Reserve center Dan Gadzuric had career-highs of 19 points and 13 rebounds, and added five blocks and three steals to lead Milwaukee.

Desmond Mason scored 13 points and T.J. Ford had 11 for the Bucks.

Milwaukee has been without forward Tim Thomas for the past eight games. Thomas, who is second on the team with 17 points per game, is day-to-day with a sprained ankle.

STANDINGS (through Dec. 10): Bulls - 7th place, 11 GB, Central Division. Bucks - 5th place, 7 GB, Central Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Bulls - F Linton Johnson, F Davis, C Curry, G Jamal Crawford, G Kendall Gill. Bucks - F Mason, F Joe Smith, C Daniel Santiago, G Ford, G Michael Redd.

TEAM LEADERS: Bulls - Crawford, 17.2 ppg and 5.2 apg; Tyson Chandler, 10.3 rpg. Bucks - Redd, 22.3 ppg; Smith, 9 rpg; Ford, 6 apg.


LAST MEETING: Dec. 1; Bulls, 97-87. At Chicago, Curry had 22 points to lead the Bulls.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bulls - 3-7 on the road; Bucks - 6-4 at home.

INJURIES: Bulls - F Chandler (back); F Chris Jefferies (back); G Roger Mason (groin); G Jay Williams (pelvis/knee). Bucks - F Toni Kukoc (back); F Brian Skinner (knee); F Thomas (ankle).

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