The Los Angeles Clippers put quite the whooping on the Chicago Bulls today in the Bulls’ first game without the re-injured Derrick Rose. Chicago has been in this situation before and are capable of winning without Rose. However, if the Bulls are unable to figure this out again, it’s going to be a very long season with or without Rose as starting point guard.
The Clippers are a very talented team and Chicago was going to have a tough time competing even with Rose, but a 39 point loss is unacceptable. The Bulls have talent outside of Rose, and those members of the team are going to have to step up immediately if Chicago wants to say relevant in the Eastern Conference standings.
Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer are talented forwards and will have no problem taking over the scoring load. However, Deng and Boozer aren’t the only players that are going to need to lift their scoring average to help the Bulls out. Joakim Noah is a dominant defensive center, but he has never scared anyone offensively. If Joakim can start scoring on a nightly basis, it will go a long way in helping the Bulls compete.
Kirk Hinrich is a capable reserve guard, but scoring isn’t quite his forte. Mike Dunleavy was a big offseason pickup and scoring is one of the things Dunleavy is good at. Outside of Kirk and Mike, the guard play is lacking in just about every category.
The Bulls were able to manage without Rose for over a year, so being without Derrick for a few months should be a walk in the park for Chicago. Today’s game against the Clippers was a terrible start without Rose, but Chicago still has a little bit of time to right the ship before it begins to sink.
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