Are the Bulls championship hope gone? No.
Derrick Rose is a phenomenal player, but lets set the record straight. Just because Rose is gone, doesn't mean Bulls will lose in the second or third round. Heck, the Bulls might even surprise Miami because their offense won't be as predictable. With Rose on the floor, the offense was very predictible, but now the Bulls can hit Miami from any angle at any point of the game.
There are two major components that are the key to their success, rebounding and defense. With-or-without Rose, the Bulls kept winning because they executed on those two points. However, with Rose gone, the Bulls can't slack off and expect somebody to save them late in games. If the Bulls stick to what they know, hard-nosed defense, they will be fine. Guys like Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng will have to give 110% every single game if they wish to continue with their success.
So who will be their bright light? Their fearless leader? Richard Rip Hamilton.
Rip Hamilton has been playing outstanding basketball the last few weeks. People seem to forget how the 2004 Pistons were designed when they won their championship. Rip Hamilton was the leading scorer on a defensive and rebounding team, kind of like now. Rip has experience and has been in these types of situations before, he will prevail. Its true how the 2004 Pistons had an amazing point guard in Billups, but the 2012 Bulls have the bench mob. The Bulls will rely on the bench mob now more than ever, and if they go down, they'll go down swinging.
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