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Are The Bulls Better Off Without Derrick Rose Right Now?

Submitted by on May 7, 2013 – 10:48 amNo Comment

Don’t look now, but the Chicago Bulls just made their playoff series with the Miami Heat an actual series. Despite the fact that they were double-digit underdogs last night—and despite the fact that they just finished a tough seven-game playoff series with the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night—the Bulls defeated the Heat in Miami last night to steal Game 1 of the series. And, once again, they did it without their star point guard Derrick Rose, who hasn’t played a single game this season while rehabbing an ACL injury. But Rose insists that he still might be back during the Heat series. Our question: Do the Bulls really want or, better yet, need D-Rose back right now, or are they better off without him?

It sounds silly to even say this, given just how good Rose is, but I think that the Bulls are better off without him right now. With all of the injuries and illnesses that they’re facing as a team (Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich have also been sidelined for the better part of the last week), the Bulls are playing like a desperate team with nothing to lose. And, believe it or not, that’s actually working out pretty well for them. If you were to throw Deng, Hinrich, or Rose back into the mix, it might disrupt the flow of their offense a little bit and force them to play differently. That’s not what they need right now. Against the Heat, they need to continue to play with their backs against the wall like they have nothing to lose. If they have any chance of winning the series, that’s how they’re going to do it.

Don’t get me wrong. It would be great for them to get D-Rose back into the lineup. Same goes for Deng and Hinrich. At full strength, they would give the Heat a serious run for their money in this series. However, there’s absolutely no way they’re going to get back to full strength this season. Even if Rose did come back, he would have to work his way back into the lineup and get comfortable out on the court again. And right now is not the best time for him to do that. So for that reason—and for that reason alone—the Bulls are better off without him right now. He should wait until next season to make his return.

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