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Watson, Starting Again
Rose is out, but will continue to be the topic of conversation for the remainder of the Chicago Bulls' playoff run. "Would the Bulls have lost if Rose were playing?" "The Bulls miss Rose's explosiveness." "Watson/Lucas III just can't do it like Rose."
For the Bulls to make a deep run in the playoffs, they must not question their backups. The players, management and coach Tom Thibodeau must be behind their point guards 100 percent.
Watson isn't Rose, but he has started in the league and is a better outside shooter than Rose.
Lucas III isn't Rose, but he has the most heart of any of the Bulls' point guards and is won't hesitate to try and get his shot—much to the benefit of his team.
James isn't Rose, but he is a big strong guard who is capable of roughing up an opposing point guard.
All of these men are able to distribute the ball and call out offensive sets, which is exactly what the Bulls need from their point guards who aren't Rose. As the Stephen Stills song goes, "If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with."
Whether they like it or not, the Bulls aren't going to win a championship with Rose this season. But, if they play their cards exactly right, they may just be able to pull off winning a championship without him.