For the Chicago Bulls, their second round performance so far is uneven at best. Injuries are beginning to take a toll on them.
First, Kirk Hinrich injured his calf during the Bulls epic triple-overtime game versus the Brooklyn Nets in Round 1. That was followed by a rash of flu that ravaged through several players. One of the more memorable scenes of the playoffs was the image of Bulls’ guard Nate Robinson vomiting on the sideline.
The next casualty was Luol Deng.
The All-Star forward became ill before Game 6 of Round 1 and has yet to return.
In the second round, the Bulls have had to play the Miami Heat without Hinrich and Deng. Two of their best players out and an additional two, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, are hobbled with foot and leg injuries.
Grading performances of the Bulls players against the Heat at this juncture is difficult due to the amount of healthy bodies they have. Given the circumstances, two star pupils have stood above the rest of the team.