(WSCR) For nearly half of the regular season, the Bulls played without Derrick Rose.

Without Rose, the Bulls went 18-9 en route the best record in the NBA. Now, the team will be forced to finish their playoff run without the reigning MVP of the leauge. One Bulls expert said the Bulls can still make some noise in the playoffs.

“They have a lot of depth at that position,” K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune told The Mully and Hanley Show. “C.J. Watson will start, and they did go 18-9 without Derrick. Always, to me, this team’s main strength moving forward in the playoffs was their big man depth. That remains in tact. Now, you’ve lost obviously your best player and your most dynamic player and the person that can create a shot off the dribble. I do still think they win this series. I still think they have a very good chance to win the second round. I also think it’s going to be very difficult to win a championship without Derrick.

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“I liked the mood at the Berto (Center) yesterday. Really, all you heard was empathy for Derrick, but confidence and defiance moving forward for the team. I think that’s the approach you have to take. They obviously care deeply for Derrick, not only as a player, obviously, because he’s so darn good, but as a person, it’s well documented what kind of team mate he is.  I know playoff basketball is different. You cannot overlook this team’s depth.”

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