The 2012 NBA playoffs tipped off on an auspicious note with the Chicago Bulls—the team that ended the regular season with the best record—fittingly getting the proceedings underway. It all seemed to have fallen in place for the Bulls, with Coach Thibodeau having a full strength squad to pick from.
Derrick Rose, who suffered five different injuries throughout the regular season, seemed to have recovered and was raring to go in pursuit of getting the Windy City her first championship ring in the post-Jordan era.
All those dreams came crashing down on one harmless move to the basket, which saw the inevitable happen. Derrick Rose, on what looked like a routine play, tore not just his ACL but probably the hopes of millions of Bulls fans the world over.
How well will the Bulls do in the absence of the reigning MVP? If the regular season is anything to go by, then the 18-9 record should definitely be propitious.
It is worth noting, though, that the Bulls did even better with Rose in the lineup, ending with a 32-7 record. But the regular season and the playoffs are two entirely different ball games. The playoffs is where tenacity and persistence prevail. It is probably why Rose was on the floor in the dying moments of what seemed like a wrapped-up game.
Could these traits turn out to be the ultimate answer to the Bulls’ woes? Can they still make that deep playoff run? Five reasons why I think they can, follow.