It’s been well over a month since the Chicago Bulls lost Derrick Rose to another knee injury. This injury to the star guard is still lingering and affecting the Bulls’ recent play. The Bulls were shell shocked when Rose got hurt, and they haven’t gotten over it yet.
The Bulls have really struggled in the last 14 games since Rose went down. The team is just 3-11 in those games and has lost to some pretty bad teams. Granted, Rose isn’t the only player that’s been out of the lineup for the Bulls. Luol Deng, Jimmy Butler, Kirk Hinrich and Joakim Noah have missed games during that stretch as well. Any team that suffers that many injuries to key guys will not be able to compete in any league.
The record of the Bulls without Rose is bad enough, but it’s the way the team has suffered that’s worse. They are having such a hard time scoring and it’s been real ugly offensively. There is no rhythm to the offense, lots of inside shots missed and there is no one that can break a defense down with the dribble. Rose brought so many elements to this offense; when they broke down he could penetrate and make something happen. That element is definitely gone, and with the other guys in and out of the lineup this offense is hard to watch.
So the Bulls are going to have to keep fighting and scrapping their way out of this rut without their leader. They need to get healthy and try to salvage what’s left of the season. Coach Tom Thibodeau still believes the Bulls have enough to get over the hump. He’s got to get his guys back to playing Bulls’ basketball: tough defense and ball movement. The body language has to change, and they cannot continue to have Rose’s injury seep through their minds.