Although Rose has stated he will not play until he feels comfortable from a mental standpoint, it is one less obstacle the organization has to worry about concerning his return.
The Bulls played well in the first half, as they built a 55-46 halftime lead. However, for the second consecutive game, the team struggled offensively in the last 24 minutes, scoring just 34 points.
It appeared the Bulls were heading toward a disappointing loss, but thanks to Marco Belinelli's game-winning shot with 5.9 seconds to play, the Bulls got a much needed win before starting a three-game road trip out West.
With the victory, the Bulls currently sit at the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Let’s take a look at the players who came up big for Chicago in this game.
Belinelli has played well for the most part doing Hamilton’s absence and he had another solid outing against the Jazz.
He scored 22 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. Most importantly, he hit his third game-winning shot of the season.
With the uncertainty surrounding Hamilton’s injury situation, the Bulls may have found the player who can provide consistent scoring from the 2-guard spot.
When these teams met in February, Boozer scored eight consecutive points in the fourth quarter, enabling the Bulls to pull out a 93-89 victory.
Boozer did not disappoint this time around either, scoring 22 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
This type of game shows what happens when the team makes a concerted effort to go to him early and often. That being said, getting the ball to Boozer should become more of a focal point as the Bulls continue to make a push for the playoffs.
The Bulls bench production was hardly noticeable in this contest; they were outscored 49-10 by the Jazz reserves.
The one positive that can be taken from this second unit was the play of Nazr Mohammed.
Mohammed scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds in 20 minutes of action.
His presence was important not only from a production standpoint, but also because the team did not miss a beat at the center spot despite Joakim Noah getting into foul trouble.