This isn’t how the first half of the season was supposed to go for the Chicago Bulls.
With the return of superstar Derrick Rose, who missed all of last season recovering from ACL surgery, Chicago was expected to emerge as an elite team that could possibly knock the Miami Heat out of the playoffs and capture its seventh title in franchise history.
But you know how the story goes. Rose went on to tear his right meniscus, which will likely force him to miss the remainder of the season. And just like that, the championship dream was over.
We’ve learned that Chicago still has a good chance to reach the postseason this year, despite the absence of Rose and All-Star Luol Deng, who was shipped out of town. Although they currently own a 18-19 record, the Bulls would be the East's No. 6 seed if the season ended today.
What else have we learned about the “Men in Red” thus far?
All stats are from basketball-reference.com and accurate as of Jan. 16.