The most important issue will be how Derrick Rose's back injury will affect his playing time. The reigning MVP's status remains day-to-day.
Rose had an MRI that showed no structural damage, but Rose says this is the worst injury he has had in his career.
Cause for Concern
Back specialist Jeff Winternheimer told the Chicago Sun-Times that an injured disc may not be detected by an MRI.
Who can lead this team without the MVP?
The Bulls don’t have another player who can put the team on their shoulders like Rose can, but they do have an All-Star coach who can outwit opponents and keep the Bulls floating until Rose is healthy.
The Bulls came away with a team victory (121-115) against the Sacramento Kings that likely would have been a blowout if Rose were playing.
Blessing in Disguise
While Rose is chilling, getting back massages, the bench will be paying gritty, drawn-out games which could prove beneficial once Rose is back. C.J Watson is getting valuable playing time, and he has been aggressive. In four starts this year, Watson has averaged 14.0 points, 6.5 assists, 2.0 three-pointers and 2.5 steals per game.
Rose says he will play soon, but expect the coaching staff to be cautious with Rose. This is his second injury this year, and the most important thing is that he’s healthy for the playoffs.