Should the Bulls throw out the Dleague team?

Derrick Rose injured his knee last game, Joakim Noah is still struggling with plantar fasciitis, and Luol Deng warned he may not play Monday due to a swollen knee.   The Bulls have a tough home game against the Hawks.

Now on the one hand, the Hawks haven't played all that great in the new year, so this isn't like going up against an elite team the way they're presently playing.   You'd hate to drop a game like this when you'd ordinarily have a pretty good shot at winning.

However, the Bulls don't have another game until Thursday.   They play almost every other day in March all month long with 15 games in the 31 days.   Two day breaks aren't all that common throughout the month, and if you've got your main three guys banged up badly then it might make sense to let all three sit out Monday, figure you're going to get blown out, but give everyone four full off days.

If guys aggravate injuries at this point, the odds are very high that the next time they could get four straight days of rest would cause two missed games instead of just one.    Taking a loss without your best effort is one of the most unacceptable things a team can do to fans, but there are times a coach needs to take one for the greater good of the team.

We don't know how bad Rose's knee is, nor do we know if Joakim's foot feels any better.   Luol Deng might decide to gut it out and feel better by Monday.   If everyone is feeling good then they should play, however if all three are simply trying to gut it out at less than 100% it's as good an opportunity to give everyone a short rest as the Bulls will get.

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  • I love this idea! It is not uncommon that guys who never really get a chance to play play really really hard and well for a game or so.
    Acie Law
    Flip Murray
    Joe Alexander
    James Johnson
    Hakim Warrick

    At least we would surprise the Hawks with such a strange lineup.

  • With Noah out, i think it's time to UNLEASH THE BEAST NAMED JEROME JAMES!!!!

    and speaking of Joe Alexander, is he ever on the bench cause i never see him?!?

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    I actually saw Joe Alexander on the bench last night. And Jerome will never wear a Bulls uniform. At least not on the court. He might be watching Bulls games at home with his jersey on though ...

  • In reply to jamatokwu:

    Did they even bother to stich his name on a jersey? Seems like a waste of money.

  • In reply to jamatokwu:

    Whatever they do....DO NOT PLAY PARGO! He is terrible! We complain about Ben Gordon taking shots....but at least he made them lol

    Deng and Rose should play tonight....we need to win these home games...but i deffinetly would give Deng more breathers tonight and try some different lineups. Marvin Williams isnt that great, James Johnson can handle him.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    No matter how you slice it, any Bulls lineup without Rose/Noah is not a good lineup. The only saving grace is that the game is at home, so maybe we wouldn't get slaughtered. I was at the game last night, and Vinny made me crazy with his rotations.. Especially playing Pargo for 29 minutes. I would have liked to see more JJ and maybe Devin Brown could have gotten a second chance to earn some minutes last night.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    No matter how you slice it, any Bulls lineup without Rose/Noah is not a good lineup. The only saving grace is that the game is at home, so maybe we wouldn't get slaughtered. I was at the game last night, and Vinny made me crazy with his rotations.. Especially playing Pargo for 29 minutes. I would have liked to see more JJ and maybe Devin Brown could have gotten a second chance to earn some minutes last night.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    No matter how you slice it, any Bulls lineup without Rose/Noah is not a good lineup. The only saving grace is that the game is at home, so maybe we wouldn't get slaughtered. I was at the game last night, and Vinny made me crazy with his rotations.. Especially playing Pargo for 29 minutes. I would have liked to see more JJ and maybe Devin Brown could have gotten a second chance to earn some minutes last night.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    No matter how you slice it, any Bulls lineup without Rose/Noah is not a good lineup. The only saving grace is that the game is at home, so maybe we wouldn't get slaughtered. I was at the game last night, and Vinny made me crazy with his rotations.. Especially playing Pargo for 29 minutes. I would have liked to see more JJ and maybe Devin Brown could have gotten a second chance to earn some minutes last night.

  • It is time to give Devin Brown a chance to repeat what he did against the Bulls when he was with New Orleans. But sometimes giving a bench player green light to shoot can look bad as it showed yesterday with Pargo. But this is a home game and as you wrote with a day off on Monday(by not playing), it is almost like the all-star break.

  • I'd be really interested in seeing

    Hinrich/Murray/Johnson/Gibson/Miller

    and bench: Law/Pargo/Brown/Alexander/Warrick

    O_O

  • In reply to cowraiser:

    Remember that Gibson is battling plantar fasciitis too, so he should probably be sitting in this scenario as well.

  • In reply to cowraiser:

    I'd much rather see Rose, Noah and Deng than any combination of those players.

  • I wouldn't mind Rose and Deng missing the game but remember Deng made that promised to play all 82 games this year and he hasn't sat out a game yet so i think Deng will play. And the Hawks play the Bucks today so maybe fatigue will be a factor monday....

    Whoa speaking of the Bucks if they win today it will be their 7th in a row and they will be tied for 5th with us....Just great.

  • They need to MAN-UP and play like PROFESSIONALS, who care about winning!!!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Real men don't resort to capitalization....

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    That would be capitulation, to quit, give up, capitalization is a financial/accounting term/process

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I normally disagree with everything you say... until now. They're paid to play. So play.

  • Rose will play and Deng needs to gut it out. Noah needs the rest, but I could see him getting limited minutes.

  • Doug, there's something Yogi Berraish about that last sentence, but it's true/I agree.

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    Actually, it would've been great to open up the rotation against the Pacers.

    Pargo 5 for 16 in 29 minutes. Wow. I really hope he just lost his job to acie law.

    Devin Brown and James Johnson should've seen the floor more too. I don't want to see Alexander yet except in garbage time.

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    It's a bit out there but what would you guys think of this rotation as a stopgap with such a thin frontcourt?

    Gibson - Miller

    Warrick - JJ

    Deng - Brown

    Hinrich - Murray

    Rose - Law

  • Please for the love of God give Devin Brown some playing time. This is a guy who was starting for a winning New Orleans team and he can't even get into a Bull's game. Whats wrong with that. I would understand if we played him and he was shit but come on at least give the guy some minutes. As for the question... yes rest our injured guys. Its not like were playing the Pistons or Nets where we have to worry about giving away a fairly sure win. We lost to the Pacers because of all our top guys playing half pace (no pun intended) because of injury. I'd rather loose to the Hawks with our bench than chance playing D. Rose, Deng, & Noah only to loose any ways and have them hurt worse.

  • One of the problems I have with this idea is that ATL will be on the second game of a back to back (they are playing Milwaukee at home today). So maybe you catch them with tired legs on their travel day, like the Bulls had in Indiana.

    They are banged up though. Not having Noah means the other guys have much less of a margin for bad games. I might try to sneak Deng a little more rest this game, and see if JJ can give you a little more. I hope Pargo doesn't see much time though; he takes so many bad shots that don't only not go in, they lead to run outs by the other team.

  • Yea, I think resting our guys mon would be a terrible idea.

    I think we do need to cut Brown and bring Richards back.

    We need the body.

    I also think sitting Rose for the game and starting Flip wouldnt be terrible.

    If we lose we lose but the rest will help the team.

    Also, I wanna see alot more JJ and maybe some law.

  • This is beyond ridiculous. If you can play, you play. You don't just circle games on the schedule that you think you can win and play those. What a loser mentality! Plus, that would be extra motivation for that team that gets circled.
    This also just sets at a bad precedent. How is Derrick Rose supposed to be a leader if he takes games off? Everybody is hurting. What kind of message does that send to players like Brad Miller and Taj that are gutting it out? If I'm them, I lose all respect for any player that sits.
    Tell me how much Kobe sat when he broke his finger, or any of his other injuries.
    Again, this is ridiculous and the chatter of people who've never been involved in a team sport. If you don't play, everyone else in the locker room thinks you're a giant p*$$y and then you have much bigger problems.

  • Your playoff chances are killed much more when your 3 best players sit on the sideline and watch the rest of the team lose. Consider the perspective of the rest of the team.

  • Or the team could just tell Derrick he can only play so many minutes a game like they did with Jordan when he came back from his ankle injury. I have played with both ankle and knee injuries and not at the level these guys play.... it just wears them out more. If you know your going into a surgery at the end of the season like Kobe does then play your going to have to have that surgery regardless. But if your banged up and playing could lead you to worsen you injury then the best idea is to take a game off if needed. I mean how will it help if D. Rose plays, doesn't play well, gets hurt worse, and we loose? Obviously that would be a worse case situation, but still I wouldn't want to chance it.

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