So the Bulls face the Warriors tonight, and Tom Thibodeau noted that Derrick Rose was unlikely to play in the game against the Warriors. Rose officially listed as out, but his "day to day"ness seems more legitimate now than it has been in the past. The daily grind of Rose return news seems to generally have taken a positive spin. Stacey King went on the Carmen and Jurko show and proclaimed from watching Rose practice he looked explosive and thought he'd return in the next week to 10 days.
The Bulls shot under 39% for four consecutive games and can't get much offense going. Chicago's roster continues to be depleted by injuries. Kirk Hinrich may return tonight against the Warriors, but the Bulls will still lack Gibson, Hamilton, and of course Rose. Until the Chicago can get fully healthy, they'll continue to struggle for every win.
Tom Thibodeau noted that Derrick Rose could miss the entire season but still return for the playoffs which should give Bulls fans some additional hope that this year's playoff run may extend a round. It's interesting how the feeling around the Bulls has changed so much over the past month. When Chicago was 11 games over .500 without Derrick it felt like Rose could come back and the Bulls might have a punchers shot at the title.
Now that so many other players are out, the team struggles so much, that even if Rose comes back it's difficult to see them making up much ground. However, it's important to remember that teh Bulls struggles lately have largely been about injuries and not necessarily about team makeup. The Bulls defense has fallen apart when the bench big man went from Taj Gibson to Nazr Mohammed while the PG position has been hurt considerably without Kirk Hinrich.
Things seem bleak because the team is playing without four rotation players right now, but if they can get healthy prior to the playoffs then they'll be an entirely different squad going into it. The biggest question is around Rose, but Gibson/Hinrich need to get back on the court as well.
Against the Warriors, the Bulls will need to find a way to stop Stephen Curry, David Lee, and the Warriors offense. It seems unlikely that Chicago's depleted roster will have much of a chance in keeping up with the Warriors unless they can get back to playing the lock down defense they've shown at times in the past. If Hinrich is able to go, and play at full strength, it could be a huge lift.