The Chicago Bulls‘ two best offensive scorers are out with injuries. Derrick Rose is out for the remainder of the season and Luol Deng is currently out with an Achilles injury. After Rose went down with a knee injury, Deng picked up the brunt of the Bulls’ scoring. Now that Luol is out, it seems as though no one is willing to take on the scoring load and that was apparent in tonight’s game against the New York Knicks.
Chicago’s bench is in rough shape right now because of injuries to their starters pushing their best bench players into the starting lineup. When the Bulls are a healthy squad, they have the ability to be a very deep team. However, injuries are something that occur just about every night in the NBA and right now for the Bulls, they are slowly breaking their spirits.
Carlos Boozer can be a consistent scoring threat when needed, but outside of him, there isn’t much consistency in Chicago. Mike Dunleavy can light it up from the field, but when he’s not shooting well, it can be one ugly site to witness. Kirk Hinrich is a great reserve guard who can step in and take on starting duties from time to time, but scoring isn’t his best quality. Joakim Noah is a defensive monster, but offensively he still lacks fundamentals.
The Bulls either need to weather this storm until Deng returns and hope for the best or Chicago needs to make a move to improve their scoring. If Deng doesn’t return soon and a move isn’t made in the near future, it’s going to be one long season from this point on for the Bulls.
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