The medical staff for the Chicago Bulls needs a break. So does the coaching staff.
When Marco Belinelli hit the floor and grabbed his right ankle earlier this week, coach Tom Thibodeau and his staff closed their eyes and prayed.
Well, their prayers got answered since Belinelli came back and scored 24 points. That’s about all the good news this team has gotten considering Derrick Rose is out with a left knee injury, Kirk Hinrich is sitting with a right elbow injury and Joakim Noah is still out with a right foot injury.
If Belinelli had to miss a few games Thibodeau would have had a reason to file a claim for cruel and unusual punishment. How many injuries can a team take?
Belinelli, if he’s healthy, can keep the Bulls in the NBA Eastern Conference title chase. He only played about slightly over 24 minutes in getting those points and was 9-of-13 from the floor.
Especially with the Bulls hurting for players, a healthy Belinelli will come in handy. He has started around half of his 287 career appearances. He has started 47 games this year for the Bulls.
His points averages are down from the previous two seasons when he played for the New Orleans Hornets and his shooting percentage is down slightly. But obviously with the Bulls, Belinelli is playing more of a supporting role compared to with the Hornets when a good shooter is going to be used heavily, for lack of a having anyone else.
But Belinelli needs to stay healthy and take advantage of all the minutes the Bulls are giving him.