Boston Celtics: What Derrick Rose’s Injury Means for the C’s

April 28th, 2012 by Patrick Buscone Leave a reply »
With just one minute and 10 seconds remaining in the Chicago Bulls' 103-91 Game 1 win over the 76ers, Derrick Rose jumped up to make a pass to Carlos Boozer. As he jumped, his left knee buckled and he tore his ACL. Just like that, the playoffs were over for Derrick Rose.

For Chicago's start point guard and for the Bulls, this injury is devastating. Rose misses out on a legitimate chance to win an NBA championship, and the Bulls, while they still can't be counted out, will have a much harder time contending for an NBA Finals run without the reigning MVP.

Granted, the Bulls have played well without Rose, so they won't be a cake walk for any team. Still, the Bulls will likely be able to beat the 76ers and advance to the 2012 NBA playoffs.

If the Celtics can advance past the Hawks in the first round, and no upsets take place, then they will play the Rose-less Bulls in the Eastern Conference semifinals. For the Celtics, this makes the road to the Eastern Conference finals easier.

In order to be one series away from returning to the NBA Finals, all the Celtics need to do is beat the Al Horford-less Hawks and the Derrick Rose-less Bulls. That ro ...

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