Players Who Must Step Up for Chicago Bulls to Thrive

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Players Who Must Step Up for Chicago Bulls to Thrive
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Joakim Noah is an All-Star, but it's the role players like Taj Gibson who must step up.

The Chicago Bulls have caught the injury bug once again, but it doesn’t mean they’re going to give up.

It’s deja vu in Chicago after Derrick Rose underwent season-ending knee surgery, ending most—if not all—of the Bulls’ playoff hopes. Backcourt mate Jimmy Butler is dealing with turf toe, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, and will miss at least another week or two.

Despite the misfortune, the Bulls plan to compete. In order to do so, a few players will have to step up to the plate and play at their highest level.

With little to no players who can create off the dribble, the Bulls will have to rely heavily on ball movement—more so than they regularly do.

Chicago’s bigs are crafty passers. Joakim Noah is a spectacular playmaker from the high post, and Carlos Boozer can always find the open man when he’s on the low block, especially with his back to the basket.

The second unit will also have to step in and be effective.

Tony Snell is getting some minutes due to Butler’s injury and has been pretty effective. Taj Gibson will also have to look to score more, whether it’s in the post or using his improved mid-range jumper.

How can some of the Bulls players step up to help the team thrive?

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