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Bulls’ Derrick Rose sits due to sprained toe

Jan 11, 2012, 9:47 PM EDT

Anthony Randolph, Luke Ridnour, Derrick Rose AP

If you wondered just what happens to the Chicago Bulls offense when Derrick Rose isn’t there to create everything, watch Wednesday night’s game.

Rose did not suit up against the Wizards and John Wall due to a sprained big toe.

“It’s a pain tolerance thing. It’s a sprain. He’s gotten a lot of treatment. He usually responds very well to treatment,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said before the game. “It’s when the pain subsides when he can play.”

Smart money would bet that the pain will be tolerable by Friday when the Bulls take on the Celtics.

None the less, the Bulls brought up Mike James from the D-League to give them some PG depth while Rose recovers.

Rose sprained his toe in the first quarter of the Bulls win over the Timberwolves Tuesday but stayed in the game and played through it, scoring a season best 31.

Obviously for the Bulls they need to get him right, they don’t want this lingering through a season with a compacted schedule.

  1. glink123 - Jan 11, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    I find it interesting that Rip has missed 7 games (and counting) with a “groin”, CJ Watson has a dislocated elbow, and DRose has Turf Toe, which leaves the Bulls with two guards on the roster. But GarPax refuses to sign anyone to a 10-day. Oh well, not like we’re playing a compressed schedule or anything this year.

  2. liltmac2003 - Jan 12, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    I thought this would highly impact the Bulls.

    – No starting MVP point guard, Rose
    – No backup PG, Watson,
    – No staring shooting guard, Hamilton

    Sure, they only managed to get 78pts on the board, but the Bulls really REALLY excel in two other things.

    Defense and Depth.

    With their defense, they broke another NBA record for fewest points allowed in the first four home games of a season. The record before was from the ’97 Cavs. They allowed 302 points in the first 4 games of the season. This year’s Sixers, they allowed 306pts, which put them in third place all time.

    The Bulls? They only allowed 270 total points in four games. When you have defense that stingy, it’s virtually impossible to lose unless the team has an absolute horrendous shooting night.

    In terms of Depth, they rack up near the top if not THE top. When a guy named John Lucas III comes in to start in place of the MVP, and comes out with 25 points, than yeah, that’s some great depth. Plus don’t go ahead and tell me that they were playing the Wizards. John Lucas III has NEVER started for an NBA team, and he was put in the position to fill in for Derrick Rose. That’s a high task.

  3. comeonnowguys - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    To be fair, they played a terrible, terrible, undisciplined team that showed no real interest in winning the game last night.

    But good for JL3.

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