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.