No Derrick Rose, No Bulls?

During the regular NBA season this year the Chicago Bulls were unstoppable, being led by League MVP Derrick Rose. The Bulls finished the season with a 50-16 record and topped the hotly contested Eastern Conference by 4 over the superstars from Miami.

Heading into the play offs only the San Antonio Spurs had a similar record in the Western Conference.

The Bulls pulled the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs with the bookies taking the Bulls to wipe the 76ers 4-0 and then it happened, Rose damaged his AC ligament and the Bulls have crashed ever since.

The bookies now have the 76ers as hot favourites to win the series and are now 3-1 over the Bulls to win!

Last night after the Bulls lost Game 4 to the Philadelphia 76ers 89-82 Sunday to fall behind 3-1 in the opening-round playoff series, the motto now should be "next game up."

The 76ers took advantage of the injury absences of Bulls All-Star point guard Derrick Rose (season-ending knee ligament tear) and center Joakim Noah (sprained ankle) to win three consecutive playoff games for the first time since 2001.

Now, you would never expect the Bulls to be a one player team. You don’t get their record with just one player, but a team that is working together.

This team has depth and size on their side. Take Joakim Noah who was profiled in the June edition of Slam Magazine, he is all arms and legs but a keen contributor to the team. He is part of a team that plays a team game with all parts contributing. His injury has also left a huge hole in the team. It is now up to Tom Thibodeau to be the next man up to try and salvage the Bulls season.

So, with Derrick Rose out the balance of the team has changed and the 8th ranked team now has them on the ropes and out of balance.

What does this mean for the Championship? With the Bulls struggling to get out of the first round it appears that the door has been left open for Miami to take it all and win a Championship for this highly rated team.

For the Bulls the review of 2012 will be to understand why the team didn’t perform as a team when the MVP went down and to work out how to still survive the post season with a deeper bench.

It’s not all over yet and miracles can happen, but the 2012 version of the Bulls seems to suggest – no Rose, no Bulls.

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jeremycarter 4 years ago

i have to say that i have not been impressed by rose. i think he's another allen iverson. a guard who plays point, but not really. his shooting is terrible and his assists per game are awful for a point guard. i honestly feel that his success as a player is due to the defensive team around him and less with his scoring ability or overall game


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MarkRFox 4 years ago

Spurs were just as unstoppable..and they are healthy right now...


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charmike4 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Hi Jeremy - thanks for your insight. I think this is why the team played so well together, everyone knowing their place and role, so without Rose they have a disturbance and now with Noah out they seem to be breaking down.


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charmike4 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Too right Mark - 3-0 series lead, the Spurs might be real contenders!


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas

I'm a Bulls and Spurs fan. I've been a Bulls fan since the Jordan years. I personally felt like the only team out of the East who could knock off the Heat(which I despise) were the Bulls, and then D. Rose went down. First off, I don't even know why he was even in the game when he went down. They appeared to be ahead comfortably enough to win the game. He's been injured off and on all year, so there was no need to force the issue with having him out there. I do believe the Sixers will beat the Bulls in this series. Deng is playing hurt, and Noah is out as well. They are missing huge keys on their roster. You can get away with that during the regular season, but not in the playoffs. Great hub, I'm tweeting it and sharing it on Facebook as well.


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charmike4 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks prospectboy for sharing my hub. You surely are passionate about the L and know your stuff. Let's hope that the Spurs can continue to hold it together for you this year! Cheers Michael


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charmike4 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

And they are out! Bull lose to the 76ers and are out of the championship race. In some way this proves that no Rose, there is no Bulls, but there is more to this than just Rose. Other injuries and the 76ers taking their chance means that the 76er progress and the Bull can reflect on a year that could have been. Bring on 2013! Cheers Michael


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STEVEW13 4 years ago from Norwich, England

Great hub Michael, having lived over in Chitown and with long term links there I have always been a Bulls fan. This season was a fantastic opportunity to go all the way, but although they are not a one man team, they relied on Rose too heavily and that is abundantly clear in his absence. As prospectboy says they were also playing with an injured Deng, and without their first choice center in Noah. A depleted roster saw them only being able to use 4 bench players in the final 2 games of the series, and even if they had have taken it in 7 games, they could have been more banged up when it came to a series with the Celtics. The Spurs are on fire and with a healthy roster I too hope they can go on and win the title, I don't see them having much trouble getting through the West, so it's predictably going to be all about what Miami can put up. Voted up and as you say bring on 2013!


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charmike4 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks stevew13 for your excellent commentary. It looks like the Heat will be there in the end and I think that maybe the Thunder can go all the way as well, but the Spurs are on fire and who knows! Cheers Michael


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

Great hub charmike, the bulls didn't stand a chance without him. I wonder how the Bosh injury will affect the heat? Voted up and awesome!


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charmike4 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks weestro! Bosh may impact the balance of the team - many have said that the Heat is just 3 players...now down to 2. Cheers Michael

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