Any hope for the Chicago Bulls making a run in the 2012 NBA playoffs has taken a major with the report that Derrick Rose had sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament as well as a medial collateral ligament. The injury happened with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter with the Bulls up by 12, as the video shows Rose was driving to his left, went back to his right, made a jump stop and landed awkwardly on his left knee. As a result of the injury according to the Chicago Tribune K.C. Johnson, Rose will be out the remainder of the playoffs. While the news is terrible for the Bulls, Rose did miss 27 games this season with injury and the Bulls played extremely well without him with an 18-9 record in his absence.
The Bulls obviously play well with the system that Tom Thibodeau has employed and still should be able to knock of the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round as there is a reason why the Bulls are the no.1 seed and the 76ers are the no.8 seed. Finding a way to replace the production of Rose beyond the first round will be more difficult. C.J. Watson is a capable scorer, yet plays more like a shooting guard and struggled this season to find his jumper as he shot 36.8 percent from the field.
Veteran point guard Mike James who played in only 11 games for the Bulls this season is the only other point guard on the Bulls roster.
In the absence of Rose, Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng will become the primary offensive weapons for the Bulls and those two will certainly need help from Taj Gibson, Kyle Korver, Joakim Noah and Watson to get by the 76ers and to be competitive in the next round of the playoffs. This was hardly the start to the first round the Bulls envisioned, yet now have the opportunity to show how well the team can overcome adversity with their star player injured for the remainder of the playoffs.