The Chicago Bulls are set to square off against the Brooklyn Nets in their first-round series of the playoffs. It’s a very winnable series for the Bulls, with or without Derrick Rose, provided they follow the right blueprint.
First, though, let’s review the last update on the status of Rose. According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Tom Thibodeau, when asked about the possibility of Rose returning for Game 1, said, ““It could be, He’s still not ready,” thus giving every Bulls fan a reason to believe what they want to and fear what they don’t want to, regardless of which side of the “should he return” fence they are on.
Without Rose, and pretty much without a gob of other players too, the Bulls have won three of four against the Nets, and there’s good reason for that. They are well equipped to handle the Nets. The following factors are ranked according to how crucial they are.