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Bulls bosses not coming down on Thibodeau for Rose injury

Apr 30, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

Combination photo of Bulls' Rose getting injured on a play in Chicago Reuters

You want to know why Derrick Rose was still on the court with his team up 12 and less than two minutes to go in a playoff game Saturday? Go watch the Clippers comeback on the Grizzlies from Sunday night.

This is the playoffs, not some random mid-season Tuesday night game in Sacramento. You don’t take chances, you lock down wins. These are good teams that can come back on you and playoff wins are too important to squander.

Rose suffered a freak injury, a torn ACL, during those closing minutes, and he is now lost for the Bulls for the remainder of the playoffs. Chicago’s title aspirations blew up along with his knee.

But the Bulls front office is not coming down on Thibodeau. Nor should they. Here is what Bulls GM Gar Forman told NBA.com.

“There is absolutely no issue there,” Forman said. “It’s a playoff game. They had cut a lead down to 12. We’re going to have our guys on the floor making sure we win the game.”

What’s more, Rose’s minutes this season and in games were not a contributing factor. That’s not what the Thibodeau detractors are saying. Maybe it is what you are saying. I could point you to all the doctors saying that ACL tears are not overuse injuries, but that’s only going to work if you believe in doctors and logic. If you are convinced this is Thibodeau’s fault because you need to blame someone other than fate, so be it. But it’s not his fault.

And what matters is the Bulls front office gets it.

  1. mister12 - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    It isnt Thibs fault, but he has a history of doing such this season. Deng aggravated his wrist after playing 40+ min in a return from injury game. Consequently he missed a few more games to “rest” his wrist. The major point to me is that bulls have beaten more elite teams without rose this season so stealing some minutes here and there to prevent bumps and bruises until the big boys role in is not so asinine…#justsayin’

    • LilTmac2003 - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      This is the thing — people weren’t complaining when Rose was already in the game.

      To be honest, I wanted him to get the triple double, he was only a rebound and an assist away. But it was a freak injury and it just happened.

      Thibs said something which I guess I agree with, besides the fact that the Sixers have cut the lead, he wanted Rose to finish out the game to work on his rhythm. Rose hadn’t played back-to-back games since late March, and Thibs wanted Rose to get back to action.

      But I also do agree that Thibs does have a history with leaving in players for pointless reasons. Last season in the playoffs, Rose had injured his ankle but still played. In round 2 against the Hawks, in the closing seconds of the 4th with the Bulls about to lose, Rose tried to steal the ball but rolled his already injured ankle again.

      I guess after seeing the Clippers-Grizzlies game that teams should never give up, but as a Bulls fan, I don’t think people know how this injury was so depressing.

  2. asublimeday - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    The bulls aren’t as screwed as people make them out to be. This is a team that won a LOT of games without rose this season. Against just about every team in the playoffs, especially the darlings of the sports writing world, the flamers.

    • diabloryno - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      This is playoff basketball though..not the regular season…Not saying they don’t have a legit squad without Rose, but for them to go out there and 4 of 7 games against playoff teams is far more difficult than anything they’ve faced in the regular season.

    • 6thsense79 - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      I also remember Lebron’s Cavs teams having back to back 60+ wins during the regular and still not making it out of the east. Diabloryno is right. Playoff basketball is much much harder than regular season ball. Defenses are tougher. Regular season duds rise to legendary status amd levels of play (see Robert Horry). Regular seson Superstars shrink in big moments..

  3. gmen4life33 - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    If the Knicks or Pacers/Magic can upset the Heat, Bulls can still go to Finals. And then you never know. Would make a great story, and thats coming from a Knicks fan

  4. rosloe62 - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    The Bull’s were still one of the better teams in the East when Rose and Rip weren’t playing. Now that Rip is back and the rest of the Bull’s have had time to develop chemistry, I think they are going to make things interesting. If they can make it to the East finals with the Heat, ALL the pressure will be on the Heat. If someone else makes it to the finals the Bull’s have a good chance to win. Sometimes playing loose with nothing to lose gets the job done. Plus, you know Rose isn’t coming back so you can mentally prepare for each game without wondering what his game time status will be. Even though the odds are not in the Bull’s favor, I wouldn’t count them out!

  5. bearsstillsuck - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    I don’t like agreeing with Kurt, it makes me uncomfortable.

  6. heat256 - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    The problem with Rose being out now vs during the regular season is that now the pressure ramps up on the Bulls since they have no real reliable scoring option. Their defense fuels everything. With the playoffs teams have time to analyze and exploit opponent’s weaknesses. Rose was such a great scorer, passer and defender that teams had to really worry about him. Can the Bulls do it now? I am really skeptical, even though I love how they play. If they just had a better, more reliable second scorer, they’d be deadly. When Carlos “Booze Cruise” Boozer is your high priced FA who laid a big old poop during the playoffs last year, your team will go far, but will ultimately get bounced.

  7. lakerluver - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    It’s not the coaches fault. Its just a sad, sad situation. I hope Rose comes back better than ever. I’m a LAKERS fan but I just love the kids game and his humility.

  8. rosesacl - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    bulls are done, unwatchable, they should just self-eliminate themselves cause i can’t watch that team try to compensate for rose’s absence… it’s too frustrating.

  9. bhester1906 - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Anybody exer ask why was Derrick Rose attacking the basket at the end of the 4th with a lead?

  10. foxmtbr - May 1, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    “…not some random mid-season Tuesday night game in Sacramento…”

    Low blow, Kurt. Ouch.

  11. gmsingh - May 1, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Rose was probably going to get injured anyway, and I don’t see any difference with it happening with 1:16 left in the game or 1:16 into the beginning of the 1st quarter. To question Thibs after his track record of success is just silly. Question Stern and the NBA for making a season that allows for tons of injuries. Shills need not apply.

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