Rose likely out for Bulls vs Wizars 7pm on CSN

Derrick Rose's turf toe has taken a turn for the worse, and he's expected to sit out in this game against the Wizards. In terms of wins, the Bulls couldn't ask for a better opponent to lose Rose against, however with C.J. Watson and Richard Hamilton likely still out the depth at guard and particularly point guard is perilously thin.

The Bulls have signed Mike James out of the D-League to fill in tonight and add guard depth.

Where does the offense come from without Rose?

The Bulls will need to rely on Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, a heavy amount of effort points and solid execution on both ends.

It's tough to imagine the Bulls winning without a PG, but the Wizards are the worst team in the NBA, so they'll still have a pretty good shot at it.

[apologize for the brief thread, but it was all I could throw together before leaving for the game to love it live. Detailed recap coming tomorrow].


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  • Never fear, Mike James is here. WTF?


  • Rose sprained his toe in the 1st quarter yet played the entire 2nd half. Apparently the injury got worse overnight.

    Today, Charles Barkley on ESPN 1000 radio said, "the only point to the regular season is to stay healthy. You can't kill your team trying to improve your seed, cause your going to have to be good enough to win on the road if you want to win a championship. And this year there's only 1 day off between regular season the playoffs, not 1 week like normally. So you can't kill your team in the regular season, you've just got to get to the playoffs healthy."

  • It will be interesting to see where our offense and floor leadership comes from in this game.

    It certainly is becoming more obvious everyday that training camp does matter, the number of these non major type injuries throughout the league seems to be higher than anytime that I can ever remember.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Training camp does matter, especially for players who depend on training camp to get conditioned. The biggest issue for me is just the compressed schedule. Playing 7 games in 10 nights is the perfect recipe for ligament strains, sprains and pulls.

  • This game is fun. JL3 saw the Wizards and decided that he will chuck/shoot without any worries about passing

  • Bless his little heart, Lucas is playing his but off, but he does need to calm down a bit. Anyone else notice last night that Lucas is even smaller than JJ Barea.

    It is not hard to see how he scored 60+ points in a game at the Rucker this summer on a team opposing KD, the kid definitely has the chucker gene.

  • Thibs was forced to sit Rose, and like I said last night (before we knew Rose was injured) I'd like to play this Washington game with both Rose and Deng in street clothes and play the deep bench guys instead. If not against the Wizards, than whom?

    So Thibs plays Deng all but the last 50 seconds of the first half. He'd have played Rose just as long if he could.

    I'd have made it a total JV game and played Jimmy Butler for Deng. At the very least I'd have given half of Deng's minutes to Jimmy Butler. This is the 1-8 Washington Wizards.

  • In reply to Edward:

    Agree. Deng is basically killing the offense with his "tired" dribbling and JL3 is tired too.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    precisely, he always does that.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    I don't think he always does that. He is a system player with his biggest handicap being ball handling. I think he would have been ok doing the ball handling against Wizards but he has no legs today and he is exhausted. This is not the real Deng.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    please dont blame fatigue for this one. its wizards !

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I agree, who else other than Lucas can create his own shot off the dribble? Brewer? Korver?

  • I wish Funk would shut up, he's been going on about the Wizards chucking for at least 15 minutes straight without a pause to move on to another subject ...

    I mean sure the Wizards are bad, but we can see that, and besides, the Bulls are shooting 36% themselves.

  • We can see the impact of Taj/Asik compared to Noah/Boozer. Noah/Boozer can't even dominate against the Wizards and that too with a lot of rest yesterday...

  • That in a nutshell(the Korver hard foul on Crawford on the breakaway)is the difference between Korver(a notoriously bad NBA defender) and Boozer(an historically horrific defender).

    Korver at least made the EFFORT to catch up to Crawford on the break and take a hard foul in an attempt to save us some points. Boozer in the exact same situation would have run off the floor to avoid contact while conceding the points.

    That is why you root for one guy and hate on the other. At the end of the day character is what matters in life, one guy has it and the other doesn't(ask Cleveland fans and management about that one).

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Here is a response I made on last night's thread describing my thoughts on defense.

    Defense definitely is mostly about effort, hustle, determination, exerting one's will. It takes character and commitment to play D.

    It's very hard work to consistently defend without having a lapse and getting beat. It's far less effort to let up and let your man go - that's gets to the essence of the character question. The character to give the effort consistently.

    You have to care about defense to be good at it. It has to bother you, REALLY BOTHER YOU, when your man scores on you.

    It's much easier to give effort on offense. Something magical happens when the ball gets in your hands that puts a spring in your step.

  • Please Watson or Rose be back next game, nobody should be forced to watch a game where John Lucas takes 28 shots. And no team should win a game where John Lucas takes 28 shots ... shame on Washington.

    Once again pity MrHappy isn't here, his good friend Nick Young played superbly, was very unlucky to only finish with 5 points. ;)

  • In reply to Shakes:

    I was thinking the same thing myself everytime that Young threw up an ill advised shot.

  • Thibs is a fool for playing Deng 45 minutes tonight. He should have played Jimmy Butler early, and if Butler was doing OK stay with him for the game.

    This was a JV game against the 1-8 Washington Wizards, if starters (primarily Rose and Deng) can’t rest against this team than against whom?;_ylt=Aq7peF83PTZ749z0U3hg_Ie8vLYF?slug=mc-spears_dwyane_wade_heat_nba_011112

    Now Lucas is limping too after 45 minutes.

  • In reply to Edward:

    He said he was just cramping up at the end, probably because he hasn't played this many minutes before. He needs to calm down a bit, I mean 28 shots is excessive. At least the Bulls got the W I guess. Would have been nice to rest Deng just a little bit though.

  • In reply to Edward:

    You are entering the danger zone, complaining about minutes, we are talking about minutes here, really minutes.

    Well, one upside to Rose's toe injury is that Lucas took a 46 minute bullet for him tonight.

  • With Asik getting more crunch time minutes in the 4th, I'm curious to see if teams will try to employ a hack a Asik strategy if the game is close. Mark Jackson tried to use the strategy against the Clippers on Christmas day and it clearly affected DeAndre Jordan. Teams won't have to worry then about Rose dominating the 4th quarter, while also putting a poor free throw shooter on the line and stopping the clock.

  • Hey did you see the postgame sideline interview with Lucas, he looks shorter than the chick sideline reporter, I wonder if she was wearing flats or heels?

    What is the record for shot attempts by a third string pointguard, Lucas has to be in the ballpark. I guess that whole debate about Lucas just being Thibs pet and the Bulls needing to search the earth far and wide for a better 3rd string point guard seems a little much now.

    The bulls are now averaging about 67 ppg allowed in 4 home games, with a high of 72, I know that the comp hasn't been much but still.

    Korver adds another plus 28 to his total, I think that puts him over 100 for the season. I wonder is that stat nothing but luck and timing.

    The fourth quarter was actually fun to watch, got to love that bench mob, although I would have enjoyed it more if Butler had played the entire quarter and Deng had relaxed and watched from the bench.

    Get some rest guys, hope that Rose is good to go on Friday, we are going to need him.

    FYI, Al Horford left the game injured tonight, maybe we can trade Boozer for him now.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    On the radio tonight, Sam Smith said he's 5' 9" and Lucas is shorter than him, maybe 5' 7".

  • Words that will haunt John Wall for the rest of his life:

    "John Lucas has career highs in everything!"

    (Stacy King)

  • Thibs said during the post-game that he was mad at Lucas earlier for passing up open shots, leaving the team to often get a worse shot than the one he turned down.

    He added that in our PnR the man with the ball is the #1 option- it sure seems like JL3 took it to heart.

    JL3 said in the locker room that it's the most minutes he's ever played, and he loves this team so much he would have stayed out there even when he started cramping up at the end.

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