It’s no secret that injuries have hurt the Chicago Bulls chances of making any noise in the 2013-14 NBA season. The most notable injuries that the Bulls have been dealing with lately is the loss of Derrick Rose, who was returning this year after missing last season with a torn ACL, due to a torn meniscus which will keep him out for the rest of the season.
Though Rose hadn’t reached his full potential in his return to the league, the loss of such a talented player and on-floor leader was detrimental to the Bulls. Coming into Thursday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, though, Chicago was without more than just Rose as both Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich were sitting out with injuries.
Without Rose, Deng has really been important to the Bulls as an offensive weapon in addition to his defensive value to the team. Though Hinrich has struggled this season, he undoubtedly has the ability to change the game on any given night. With Chicago playing the Thunder without those two players, their chances were pretty bleak.
The Bulls’ chances of pulling out an upset victory became even bleaker when Jimmy Butler tweaked his ankle in the first half, an injury that kept him out for the rest of the game. Without three of their best players and a valuable role player, it was pretty clear where this game was headed for Chicago.
As far as looking ahead goes, the future isn’t exactly bright for the Bulls. They aren’t getting Rose back and who knows how these guys, who have logged a lot of minutes over the years, save for Butler, will hold up as the year progresses. All in all, it might be time to consider this a lost season for the Bulls.