The Chicago Bulls were missing more than Derrick Rose when they faced the Indiana Pacers last night. Kirk Hinrich was scratched from the lineup with a foot injury, Rip Hamilton was missing in action due to back problems and Taj Gibson is expected to be out for another week.
Although the Bulls are pretty banged up these days, with an injury seemingly around every corner, they hung tough with the Pacers, before falling short 97-92.
The Bulls received solid contributions from both Joakim Noah and Marco Belinelli, but it was not enough to offset the 62 points scored by the Pacers’ frontcourt.
The loss dropped the Bulls to 34-26 and more importantly, squashed the team's hopes of catching the Pacers in the race for the Central Division crown.