While the news may not be surprising to the Bulls, there was a glimmer of hope that Rose would be back at some point during the postseason to help Chicago make a run at a seventh NBA championship. Instead, Chicago will be up against Deron Williams and the Nets without the 2011 MVP point guard.
Rose, who has been battling back from a left ACL injury, hasn't played in an NBA game since injuring that left knee against the Philadelphia 76ers on April 28 in the first round of last year's NBA playoffs.
Without the star point guard, Chicago will go with Kirk Hinrich at the point, which doesn't present a favorable matchup against a point guard like Deron Williams. The 10-year veteran is averaging a respectable seven points and five assists per game this year, but his numbers don't compare to Williams' nearly 19 points and seven assists per contest.
With Rose out and Joakim Noah dealing with a foot injury (per Friedell's Rose article), the Bulls certainly have their work cut out for them against a Nets team that ranked sixth in the NBA during the regular season in points allowed.
Chicago will begin its climb toward another NBA title on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET in Brooklyn.
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