How Derrick Rose’s injury ultimately impacted the NBA playoffs

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Now that Miami has clinched the NBA Finals with a decisive Game 5 victory, we can most accurately assess what impact Derrick Rose’s knee injury may have had in the 2012 NBA Playoffs.  Think back nearly two months ago, when Chicago (50-16) was the NBA’s top seed—holding the tiebreaker over San Antonio thanks to a head-to-head victory—with its star point guard seemingly back at full strength.  With minutes remaining in Game 1 against Philadelphia, Rose landed awkwardly and tore his ACL, ending his season and the Bulls’ chances at a title.

But would his presence have changed anything?  Would a healthy Rose have helped Chicago topple Boston and then Miami in the East?  Could the Bulls have handled the Thunder and actually taken home the title for themselves? [Read more…]

Chicago Bulls Looking for Game 2 Vengeance on Atlanta Hawks

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Yay. Derrick Rose won the MVP. Let’s celebrate. Yay.

Okay, time to get back to things that are actually, you know, important. Saying the Bulls laid an egg in Game one is an insult to laying eggs.

The Bulls absolutely dominated the Hawks in the regular season winning two out of three games with a margin of victory of 25.5 points. In the game they lost, the Bulls blew a double-digit lead.

The Bulls are better than the Hawks. But No one would believe that if they watched the game Monday night. So what do the Bulls need to do to rebound from their horrid performance in the series-opening game? Let’s discuss.

By: Brian McCabe

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Bulls Keys to Success: Chemistry, Defense, Rebounding, Depth

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Derrick Rose put on another MVP like performance. He scored 26 to lead the Chicago Bulls over the Miami Heat 93-89 Thursday night in a showdown between two of the Eastern Conference’s three top teams.

Chicago beat Miami by three at the United Center last month, and this one, with possible seeding and therefore postseason home court on the line, was just as exciting. The Heat didn’t have Lebron the first time, but his presence wasn’t enough this time either.

The Bulls bench outscored Miami 22-2 and the Heat got outrebounded 53-39 while losing for only the second time in 13 games. Both losses have come against the teams right at the top of the conference with them. Boston beat them on Feb. 13, and the Bulls now own the head-to-head tiebreaker.

By Paul M. Banks

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