Many believe that the top seeded Chicago Bulls are favored to play for the NBA Title, let alone match up against the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, but in reality the Bulls are one twisted ankle or one sprained thumb from being place on the backburner in regards to the very competitive playoff picture. The Bulls, when completely healthy claim to have the best team chemistry in the league, but from the start of the season the squad has been plagued with injuries that have kept the starters from interacting as a unit. Kyle Korver, Richard Hamilton and Luol Deng are three important pieces for Chicago who have all missed games this year due to injuries sustained. Besides these three role players, the ring leader of both the flashy Chicago offense and the tenacious Bulls D is Derrick Rose, who currently is nowhere to be seen. The reigning NBA MVP has been harboring a groin injury for a while now and has been unable to contribute to the Bulls for nearly a month. Although Chicago boasts a Rose-less record of 15-7 and claim backups CJ Watson and John Lucas III are able to carry the burden, truth is when it comes time for the Playoffs no other player has the ability to command the Chicago offense like Rose can. It is most likely Coach Thibodeau will keep Derrick Rose sidelined for the remaining 10 games of this season so that he will be 100% in time to play the first round against most likely the Knicks or the Sixers, two teams who provide a duo of young guards in Jeremy Lin and Tony Douglas and Jrue Holliday and Lou Williams . With the team’s leader already hindered with a groin injury, the Bulls cannot afford to suffer another blow. Despite leading the league in rebounds per game and consistently providing a stifling defensive presence, look the Bulls to have to overcome internal obstacles such as rusty chemistry, turnovers and unclear player roles as the Playoffs get under way.
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