Chicago looks old, beat up and worn down. They were killing Charlotte then dropped the rope and lost. They were hanging with OKC then fell apart in the closing minutes. With Rose/Butler, they're simply missing too much to get wins.
It doesn't matter so much. The Bulls are presently seeded 4th. The value of 3rd is may decline rapidly with the Indiana Pacers having a strong possibility of passing the Milwaukee Bucks. Especially given Paul George is likely to come back for the playoffs.
I'd still prefer Chicago finish with as high a seed as possible. It would still be great if they could push up to the three seed or at least maintain the four which they stand a fairly good chance of falling behind Washington for.
However, the Bulls are simply going to struggle while missing arguably their two best players and another guy in their top six. There just isn't much else to do about it.
Joakim Noah looks like he's rounding into form despite not being 100%. That said Noah's still on a minutes restriction, and I wish the Bulls would force the guy to sit out rather than play him through this.
The extra week of rest might really help him rather than making two losses close losses instead of not close losses, and even if he had swung one of them to a win, then so what?
About the only thing worth watching games for right now is to see if Doug McDermott develops any and to see Nikola Mirotic's continued growth as a player.
As the Bulls approach the early part of the timeline on Rose/Butler, I hope both players make sure they are ready to go before coming back.
It has to be frustrating watching the team struggle, but the worst thing that can happen is both guys will come back early then struggle more with injuries.
At this point, Chicago's going to lose any seeding advantage anyway. It's more important to salvage health than anything else at this point.
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