NBA Playoffs 2012: What Can the Bulls Accomplish Without Derrick Rose?

April 28th, 2012 by James Davis Leave a reply »
Scott Powers over at has reported that Derrick Rose has torn his ACL and will miss the remainder of the postseason, according to an official team announcement.

Fortune is indeed a fickle mistress.

One possession, one move to the basket, one seemingly innocuous plant of the foot, and in an instant, the Chicago Bulls go from NBA championship contenders to barely honorable mention.

With the reigning MVP officially done in the 2012 playoffs, the Eastern Conference playoff picture has changed dramatically.

The big question weighing on the City of Broad Shoulders is what can realistically be expected from the Bulls now?

Over the course of this season, Chicago has played 27 games without Rose compiling an 18-9 record in those contests.

That tidbit bodes well for the postseason as the Bulls will not be wading through uncharted territory, but even with the experience of playing without their superstar, can the Bulls still be considered contenders?

The performance level needed to thrive in the playoffs is light years beyond what is needed to win in the regular season, so playing without Rose now is n ...

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