Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose and Bulls Not Yet Championship Quality

Al RiegerCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 18:  (L-R) Luol Deng #9, Derrick Rose #1, Kyle Korver #26 and Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls look on dejected from the bench late in the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 18, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Heat won 85-75. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Yes, the Chicago Bulls are 13-3. And yes, Derrick Rose is an elite superstar and playing like an MVP.

In the loss against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, however, the Bulls showed they are too reliant of Rose. Like an addict, they are too dependent on a Rose “fix" at times.

Despite their rejuvenated status as contenders, the Bulls should not start clearing shelf space for the Larry O’Brien trophy just yet. I see some serious problems that need to be corrected before the playoffs.


1. Bed of Roses

 The rest of the roster has gotten too cozy with Rose carrying the scoring load, as well as him taking over close games. Without the MVP, the Bulls fail to strike fear into opponents, and that is something chemistry can’t fix.

The Bulls need another scoring option. Luol Deng is a lock-down defender, but not a huge scorer. Richard Hamilton is a great shooter, but with Dwyane Wade on the mark, he will be less effective. The front office should be aggressive before the trade deadline if they want to get out of the East.


2. Inconsistency of Carlos Boozer

 Boozer is a shadow of his former self. Although he’s shown flashes of All-Star potential this season, Boozer’s defense is lackluster and has resulted in fewer minutes. The Bulls need a double-double out of him on a regular basis. With his terrible defense, 14.6 points and 8.1 rebounds just won’t cut it.


3.The Miami Heat

 Even with Rose, the Bulls are not good enough to beat the Heat in a seven-game series. The Big Three neutralize Rose’s impact on the game. At full strength, they will be the definitive favorites going into the postseason.