Are the Chicago Bulls Contenders Without Derrick Rose?

Sports 2012/04/30 16:00:00
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“No! No! No!” That wasn't just the reaction of Boston Celtics fans wondering why Rajon Rondo bumped an official. That wasn't just the Dallas Mavericks wondering how Oklahoma City beat their team in the final seconds of Game 1. That wasn't just the Memphis Grizzlies fans wondering how they gave up a ridiculous fourth quarter lead to lose against a Los Angeles Clippers comeback of epic proportions. This was a different kind of anxiety: one from Chicago Bulls fans worldwive.

In the final minutes of Game 1, Bulls guard and reigning MVP Derrick Rose tore the ACL in his knee. Approximate time of recovery? Let's just say you shouldn't be surprised if he misses some games next season. Just like that, Rose, who already missed a ton of games in the regular season due to injury, was put on the shelf the rest of this postseason. What won't be on the Bulls' shelf according to many observers? A championship trophy. The bright side is that the Bulls won Game 1 against the Philadelphia 76ers. The bad news is that while the Sixers series is winnable, there's no guarantees the Rose-less Bulls will make it past the second round -- let alone the next four games.

Starting in Rose's place will be the talented CJ Watson, who has looked impressive coming off the bench all season. Luckily for Bulls fans, they still have a team that plays hard, is all for one and one for all and is lucky enough to have the reigning coach of the year. Tom Thibodeau is on the sideline. Although, don't be surprised if he's questioned at all about his decision to keep Rose late in Game 1. In reality, with all of Derrick Rose's injuries this year, he may have seen his breaking point sooner than later anyway.

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  • Markie 2012/05/02 17:46:48
    Done deal, all over, dead issue.
  • TimothyBrianFoley 2012/05/01 19:53:42
    this teams bound to take over miami heat oklahoma city thunder san antonio suprs logo
    bulls are nothing without derrick rose this team needs to not win 76ers logo
    lose a game you lose a lot
  • Jeremy Villa 2012/05/01 15:58:56
    Jeremy Villa
    That's right it happened before and all we need is to do it again.
  • I am the Don Dada 2012/05/01 15:25:55
    I am the Don Dada
    They've done well all year and he's been out for the majority of it with injuries. No reason to think they can't play well enough to make it to the finals.
  • jacktown kid 2012/05/01 14:49:26
    jacktown kid
    Good as gone
  • Manster 2012/05/01 13:54:21
    I think they can get past the Knicks without Rose, but when they have to play against Boston or Miami,I'm not so sure of them coming out on top then. But that's why they still play the games! Because we have to wait and see how it all plays out on the court!
  • antonio 2012/05/01 13:37:49
    we've done it before we can do it again.
  • Eugene M 2012/05/01 13:37:34 (edited)
    Eugene M
    They have shown that they can win without him. Last season Rose seem to be their only hope, but this seasons team appears to have more depth. The question asked was "Are they contenders without Rose?". Contenders?, yes. Finals Champs? Questionable either way.
  • MrFabulous47 2012/05/01 06:57:49
    They are a pretty solid team with depth; and they rebound and play team defense probably better than anyone in the league. Rose has missed a lot of games & not been close to his capabilities when he is there; yet they still finished with the best record in the East. That being said, I can't see them getting past D-Wade & LeBron in the Eastern Conference Finals.
  • Pm 2012/05/01 05:36:50
    They have won against big teams when Rose was out. Bulls will sweep the Sixers. Both Celtics and Hawks wont win more than 2 games vs the Bulls in round two. We have beat the Heat without Rose. I think bulls will lose the 7th game. I am from Chicago so I'm bias.
  • T J 2012/05/01 05:13:04
    T J
    I want to say yes. I really do. But I can't see them winning it all this year.
  • Corsair 2012/05/01 04:29:55
    They were doing so well without him for the last few games of the regular season. It can be done. I have faith in this team.
  • JLM630 2012/05/01 03:32:07 (edited)
    Basketball season is over for me, I'm hoping for the Celts to win over the 76ers.
  • Rammstein 2012/04/30 23:29:05
    It sucks for rose. but i love seeing anything chicago related fail
  • Steve Rammstein 2012/05/01 04:03:21
  • Rammstein Steve 2012/05/01 04:39:54
    hey i have family in chicago. I have my reasons
  • Steve Rammstein 2012/05/01 04:45:58
    I like rammstein, but you are now a sport nemesis of mine because I root for almost all teams in Chicago.
  • Rammstein Steve 2012/05/01 13:39:28
    packers gonna go SB again this year :P
  • Steve Rammstein 2012/05/01 13:40:10
  • Rammstein Steve 2012/05/01 13:41:30
    more likely than the bears winning 9 games
  • Steve Rammstein 2012/05/01 13:44:59
    ill take the bears chances over the packers.
  • t.eliot, topbard 2012/04/30 22:57:47
    t.eliot, topbard
    Will a car run with no engine? They may coast downhill past the Sixers, but after that....
  • antonio t.eliot... 2012/05/01 13:39:04
    if you have not been watching the bulls we've been winning without derrick rose? we also have 1 win over the HEAT with out derrick rose
  • t.eliot... antonio 2012/05/01 20:13:00
    t.eliot, topbard
    Good luck with that. I hope they can beat the Heat but I'm not holding my breath. The playoffs w/ the added intensity are tougher to win in, especially since you don't get to feed on the league's soft underbelly.
  • antonio t.eliot... 2012/05/02 14:37:38
    Thats why we have the fan's that's why team's want better ranking then their opponent so they can feed off the crowd.
  • gone i guess 2012/04/30 21:31:44
    gone i guess
    and i hoped they will took the championship.....
  • Sterling 2012/04/30 21:06:06
    The Bulls have the best record in the NBA and Derrick Rose has been out for quite a few games this season. They will actually do pretty well and it will probably be them against Miami in the East.
  • Steve Sterling 2012/05/01 04:02:53
    they won almost 1/2 their games without him.
  • keliffa 2012/04/30 21:05:17
    Not all the way but they could still win a series or two.
  • nighttrain8 2012/04/30 18:42:51 (edited)
    Why the union would agree to play an entire season in a shortened time period is beyond me. The injuries, caused by this agreement, are out of hand and crushing to the fans. A strike is to deprive management of our labor; what kind of fking union would give that back! I'm not a Chicago fan but this heart breaking injury has made me sick. I expect greed from management but this Union Leadership should be sent packing!
  • afro.ninja.rockstar 2012/04/30 18:29:42
    can the colts win without peyton manning?
  • Royjohan Elliot 2012/04/30 17:08:08
  • Apache 2012/04/30 16:50:17
  • Faisdragon 2012/04/30 15:18:31
    They are still a good team. It may not be the top best anymore, but still in the top ranks of Eastern Conference.

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