No one can say the writing wasn’t on the wall in regards to Derrick Rose sitting out the entire 2013 season.
The July signings of Hinrich, Robinson, Belinelli, Radmanovic, and Mohammed pretty much screamed that the Bulls were throwing in the towel on this campaign, but because no one came out and said Derrick Rose would not return, we all sat on the edge of our seats anxiously awaiting the comeback of our basketball savior.
While experts will no longer be picking Chicago to make a deep playoff run due to their mounting injuries, there is something to be said about the scrappy bunch that will be taking the floor for the Bulls. Even if Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah don’t return for the playoffs, Jimmy Butler’s “never give up” attitude ensures that all of Chicago’s postseason games will be exciting to watch. Butler plays with too much pride to roll over simply because the Bulls have lost some of their key players.
With injuries adding up quickly for the Bulls, few would have thought it was possible for the shorthanded Bulls to even compete with the Miami Heat, let alone defeat them. Not only did the Bulls manage to end the Heat‘s 27-game win streak, their hustle and determination made a statement to the city of Chicago that the Bulls aren’t ready to throw in the towel just yet. As a Bulls fan, this game had everything you wanted to see; gritty play, flashy dunks, LeBron’s lemon face, and of course, a Bulls victory.
There are no words capable of describing just how truly pathetic the Bulls 121-79 loss to the Sacramento Kings was Wednesday night. All I can say for sure is that the only thing uglier than the Kings‘ two toned, racing striped jerseys was the Bulls hideous performance, a new low in the Thibodeau era.
Having already seen the Spurs dismantle the Bulls at the United Center, it was easy to temper my expectations for the Bulls’ road game in San Antonio Wednesday night. The first time around the Bulls were beat by the Spurs reserve players while their big three sat; this time the Bulls wouldn’t be so lucky with Duncan and Ginobili back in the lineup. This game started out looking like another strong road performance for the Bulls until their offense dried out in the second half, losing to the Spurs 101-83.
After losing 11 straight games to the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers came into the United Center Tuesday and beat the Bulls 101-98 without their best player, second year point guard Kyrie Irving. Chicago has now lost 8 of their last 12 games as they have not been able to put together the full 48 minute effort needed to compete while many of their players rotate in and out of the lineup with injuries. I hate to say it but this fatigue may be the mental result of recent comments coming from Derrick’s camp.