Still, like any other team, injuries have begun to play a role in this season's success.
So, who has bitten the proverbial bullet when it comes to injury, and how are their comebacks coming? Keep reading to find out.
As everybody knows by this point, Derrick Rose tore his ACL last season, on April 28 to be specific. His rehabilitation from this injury is supposed to take around eight to 12 months, meaning his return this NBA season is uncertain.
So far, Rose seems to be on track with his rehab, and he has neither progressed beyond expectations nor been held back by any setbacks.
The most recent news, reported by Tom Thibodeau himself (via ESPN Chicago), says that Rose is now cutting and has been shooting for quite some time now, both promising signs for Bulls fans in his return.
Like Thibodeau said, he still expects Rose to return at some point this season, but Chicago fans will have to continue to be patient as he comes back to full strength.
One of the Bulls' more important players without Derrick Rose in the lineup, Kirk Hinrich had a small injury scare just three games ago.
Hinrich, who had an MRI on his hip (via CBS Sports), has a minor hamstring injury and was forced out of the lineup for one game against the Boston Celtics. In that game, Rajon Rondo had a near triple-double with 20 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds and five steals against the much smaller Nate Robinson.
The good news is that Hinrich was able to play against Phoenix on Wednesday, putting up three points to go along with seven assists and four turnovers.
Although he was largely ineffective against the Suns, he is still an important piece of Chicago's depth at point guard without Derrick Rose, and he is the only Bull currently dealing with a game-threatening injury.
Luckily, the Chicago Bulls have been able to avoid a major injury to any of their star players since Derrick Rose has been absent from the lineup.
While losing Kirk Hinrich for a game left them dangerously thin at point guard, the Bulls were able to bounce back with a win over Phoenix in his return.
Should they remain this healthy, and Rose can make a full recovery this season, the Chicago Bulls will remain a contender in the Eastern Conference.
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