This is no longer about Derrick Rose’s knee. It’s not about his heart or his head, either. Not anymore. The Derrick Rose Watch, pretty much the leading storyline of the 2013 NBA playoffs, is about his eyes.
But I also happen to think this: Playing without Derrick Rose in the playoffs could actually be a very good thing for the Bulls in the long run.
Joakim Noah had a rough night.
If you have any recollection of the Miami Heat against the New York Knicks in a violent best-of-five, then last night’s Bulls game looked awfully familiar.
For any Bulls fan, Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals was just plain ugly.
It was the biggest postseason win in Miami Heat history, and the biggest postseason loss in Chicago Bulls history.
Maybe these Bulls will go on a similar, yet shorter, journey. Either way, they will be remembered for their hustle, desire and will to overcome, just the way the 76-77 Bulls did.
For the depleted Bulls, this is nothing new.
Despite coaching the Bulls to a fifth-seed in the playoffs without Derrick Rose, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau finished eighth in voting.
And while fans debate whether Derrick Rose should actually be playing, CBS 2′s Jim Williams reports that this Bulls team may go down in history has a fan favorite.
Though he wasn’t able to help his teammates fight off the Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Luol Deng was there in spirit. .
Nate Robinson scored 27 points, Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 14 rebounds while playing every second for the third straight game, and the Chicago Bulls stunned the Miami Heat 93-86 on Monday night to take Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The NBA has fined Bulls guard Marco Belinelli for making an obscene gesture during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s win over the Nets.
When the Bulls take on the Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday night, they’ll be extremely shorthanded.
What we got here with the Bulls is failure to communicate.
Hidden behind the angst and anger surrounding Derrick Rose’s decision not to play thus far in the depleted Bulls’ playoff run was the hope that maybe No. 1 would suit up when the time was right to lead his team.
Joakim Noah had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Marco Belinelli also scored 24 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-93 on Saturday night in Game 7 of their first-round series.
Derrick Rose says that he is unaware of criticism of his decision to continue to sit on the sidelines, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.
Nevertheless, with the Bulls a M*A*S*H unit – featuring calf pulls, plantar fasciitis, debilitating viruses and even spinal taps – many Chicagoans are indeed seeing a different kind of red as the team hobbles its way into tonight’s decisive Game 7 against the Nets in Brooklyn.
Things keep getting worse for the depleted Bulls.
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