I have to be honest with you with Joakim Noah out and Derrick Rose injured I decided to start catching up on shows to watch after half time. The Bulls were never in this game and once Rose left, I don't think anyone felt they had a chance, including the players who never mounted a serious run and enter the all-star break at 25-26.
An all-star break which may no longer feature Derrick Rose after a brutal foul where he landed right on his lower back without bracing himself at all. Hopefully Rose will heal quickly and be able to play at the game. I think Rose mingling with the NBA elite would be outstanding for the Bulls odds of landing a major player this summer, but clearly he shouldn't be playing if not healthy.
Overall, I'm fairly content with the 25-26 record heading into the all-star break. Given the start to the season, it's a nice charge the Bulls have mounted. Now we just have to hope Derrick Rose can return to health quickly, and the Bulls should still make the playoffs and have an entertaining series against whomever they play.
I said yesterday that the Bulls needed Kirk Hinrich, John Salmons, and Tyrus Thomas to step up and play well today to give a final favorable impression prior to the all star break, well Tyrus Thomas had a fair outing, but Salmons and Kirk didn't do us any favors in that department. The trade deadline should give us plenty of news and rumors to obsess about over the next week and a half, so stay tuned.