Everybody wanted to know how the Bulls would do without their MVP. Well I guess Game 2 answered the question right? Maybe not.
This game was emotional from the very start, Derrick Rose presented the game ball as the crowd cheered emphatically. The Bulls came out of the gate strong behind the marvelous efforts of Joakim Noah and John Lucas. The Bulls led at halftime 55-47 and seemed like they would run away with the win. John Lucas shot 5-8 from the field adding 11 points, 14 points for Noah.
The second half was as ugly as it got for the Bulls. Constant turnovers and horrible sloppy defense really hurt them. It also didn't help that Philly was shooting lights-out. The second half was almost impossible to watch, possibly because this game showed flashes of the real Bulls without Rose.
Before the city of Chicago freaks out, let me set the record straight. This was just one game, last year Chicago also struggled against a number 8th seed even with Rose. Secondly, the Bulls were horrible even for a Rose-less team, we know that's not really who they are. Third, Chicago will most probably get home-court back because they are the number one road team in the NBA, with-or-without Rose.
The Bulls will be fine, just as long as they play Bulls basketball. Rip Hamilton and CJ Watson really have to step it up on offense. Carlos Boozer has to be a reliable threat in the post, if not, the Bulls will have a hard time staying in any game.