Luol Deng (thigh bruise), Taj Gibson (turf toe), C.J. Watson (plantar
fasciitis) skipped Bulls practice, but all likely to play vs. MEM
McGraw also wrote an interesting piece here about what national writers (guys with votes) actually think about Rose for MVP.
Doesn't sound so open and shut.
All I can say on Watson is that I hope it's not serious and thankfully we aren't reliant on Watson for big minutes. It's a lot easier to play through PF in a couple of limited bursts than to hope a guy can play through it for 35 minutes a night. The Bulls obviously have very little depth behind Rose. After Watson you're staring Pargo and Lucas in the face, and quite frankly, I don't want either of those guys to ever step on the floor with less than a 30 point lead.
McGraw's piece on Rose's MVP odds is interesting as well. Basically every writer he polled said they were considering Dwight Howard among other people, and none seemed dead set on Rose just yet. Of course, guys probably aren't going to commit to someone on the record three weeks prior to the end of the season, so it's hard to say how much to read into it.
I don't think Dwight Howard can win it while being the 8th best team in the NBA even if Stan hates it. You'd only do that if your guy was doing something legendary or if there were no viable candidates on the top 2-3 teams in the league, and Howard simply isn't playing at a legendary level while there are viable candidates from the top teams.
The writer who said Kobe has a good shot is right, but what I find amusing about it is the idea that Kobe deserves multiple MVPs for his career. The championships he won as a sidekick have really made Kobe out to be better than he is. It seems like people have an awfully short memory in terms of who was batman on those first three titles.