Derrick Rose is gone for the rest of the 2012 NBA playoffs, and the Chicago Bulls need to get over it and get back to playing good basketball. Beating the Philadelphia 76ers without Rose won't be easy, but there are some steps the Bulls can take toward making that happen.
It's never easy when a player who averages 21.8 points and 7.9 assists per game is taken from the lineup unexpectedly. The Bulls have been built offensively around Rose and his ability to score at will. They had success in the regular season without him, but the playoffs are a whole new ballgame. That's something the Chicago Bulls are learning very well right now.
Not having Rose completely changes the entire dynamic of their team, and it is something that have struggled to adjust to so far, losing three times to Philadelphia by an average of nearly 10 points.
This team is in great danger of being knocked out of the first round if it does not do certain things to help itself win. That's where I come in.
Here are eight ways the Bulls can stay alive in these playoffs without Rose.