The biggest news to break today is that Kirk Hinrich is listed as doubtful for the Hawks/Bulls series. The Hawks had little chance prior to Kirk getting hurt, and now that they'll be calling on Jamal Crawford or Jeff Teague to play 100% of their PG minutes things are about to get really ugly.
Quite simply, Hinrich's the best option they have defensively at PG, and though he's streaky, he can also space the floor with his shooting some or punish you for leaving him open with some regularity.
The problem goes beyond Hinrich's individual ability though
The Hawks have very little depth. Take a look at their roster. Joe Johnson and Al Horford are high caliber players. Josh Smith and Jamal Crawford are solid players. Marvin Williams and Zaza Puchulia are rotation caliber guys. Everyone else is more or less a steaming pile of crap (remember if clicking on the BR link that Bibby, Evans, and Jordan Crawford are all gone).
When you basically only have 7 guys who legitimately belong in a rotation, and you lose one who can play 30 minutes a night, it hurts a lot, even when that guy isn't one of your key players.
Did CJ hijack the secret envelope?
CJ Watson tweeted a congratulatory note about DRose winning the MVP.
Anyone shocked? No. Does CJ know this is official already? I
wouldn't think the league would have told Rose yet, but I can't imagine
CJ knowing without Rose knowing. Whether CJ is scooping us the real
story or just making some obvious assumptions I suppose we can't be
Traditionally the MVP would be announced the day before game 1 or 2 of the second round of the MVPs team with a presentation the next day.
Boozer's got turf toe and that's no good
Per KC Johnson's twitter:
Boozer underwent an MRI that showed symptoms consistent with turf toe, a
painful condition involving stretched ligaments. He's day-to-day.
Hopefully Boozer's able to rest up quickly. The Bulls likely won't really need him until the ECF, but I feel nervous enough about him playing badly in round 1. I really don't want him to miss time or struggle even more in round 2. He needs to get his game together.