The trip to Rio de Janeiro for the Chicago Bulls was a success. They took care of business, trained hard and beat the Washington Wizards in their preseason game, 83-81. The Bulls did everything they needed to do on this trip. The only minor setback was their All-Star player Derrick Rose sat out the game because of knee soreness.
The fans in Brazil was anticipating seeing the Bulls and Rose. When they got the news that Rose was being held out of the game, some were disappointed. Most fans were chanting his name in the third and fourth quarters to come in, but the Bulls are being very smart about this situation. According to Rose, he is doing fine and will be ready to play soon. This was a precautionary move to get him some rest.
Even though the fans did not get to see one of the most popular players in the world, they were entertained by a very good game. The Bulls have looked very strong during the preseason, and this game against the Wizards was no different. Kirk Hinrich started in place of Rose and had a solid game with eight points, five rebounds and three assists.
Taj Gibson, who’s been playing lights-out this preseason, led the Bulls with 18 points, eight rebounds and four block shots. Luol Deng chipped in with 14 points, five rebounds and six assists.
The Bulls have been down this road before, playing without their top star because of injuries. Coach Tom Thibodeau always has his team prepared and ready to roll no matter who is in the lineup. This team has proven time and time again that they can win despite injuries to key players. Rose sitting out was a blow for the Brazilian fans, but the Bulls were still a major attraction.