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Bulls-Nets Game 6 preview: Chicago’s injury report reaching ridiculous levels

May 2, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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No Derrick Rose.

No Kirk Hinrich.

Maybe no Luol Deng.

Maybe no Taj Gibson.

A reduced Joakim Noah.

The Bulls don’t have much left besides their 3-2 lead over the Nets, and that might no longer be enough of an advantage to advance over a more talented Brooklyn team.

The loss of Hinrich is particularly harmful. Hinrich had done a solid job of defending Deron Williams, but when Hinrich is out, Williams has scored and set up his teammates with ease. Hinrich’s minutes have mostly gone to Nate Robinson, a poor defender who can’t slow Williams. When Hinrich is off the court, the Nets’ offensive rating is 118.0, and when Hinrich plays, that number dips to 97.5.

The loss of Deng and Gibson might not be so costly. Deng is shooting just 1-for-18 on 3-pointers in this series, and Gibson has just three rebounds in his last four games (54 minutes of play). But the fact that the two key players who might miss the game are struggling doesn’t exactly alleviate Chicago’s problems.

Winning two straight won’t be easy for the Nets, but circumstance keeps making it easier and easier.

  1. 4thquartermagic - May 2, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Whoa, whoa whoa. Derrick Rose isn’t playing?!?!

  2. jcmeyer10 - May 2, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    It’s because Thibs would play guys in street clothes. He doesn’t allow anyone to play fewer minutes.

    • pudgalvin - May 2, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      Yeah, Gibson and Lou have the flu because Thibs plays guys too many minutes.

  3. wittenisgod - May 2, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Damn ;( one year soon has to be our year

  4. deiong - May 2, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    well he signed a 4 year extension? hopefully he can eventually learn from his mistakes… right?????? if he gets rose hurt next year, you’ll see his 4 year extension end 3 years early… guy has o get a clue sometime..

  5. pudgalvin - May 2, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    How would the loss of Deng and Gibson not be harmful? The Bulls backup 3 is already the starting two, and that leaves one big after Joe and Boozer. Maybe Deng hasn’t been great, but he’s sure a lot better than anything else they’ve got.

  6. Chace - May 2, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Pretty stupid to make the claim that Deng and Gibson aren’t valuable to this team right now because of the last 5 games.

  7. eventhorizon04 - May 2, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    “When Hinrich is off the court, the Nets’ offensive rating is 118.0, and when Hinrich plays, that number dips to 97.5.”

    Even taking into account that those numbers are based on a relatively small sample size, that’s a pretty stark difference. That’s basically the difference between an elite offense (better than the Spurs mark of 107.5 and the Heat’s 110.5) versus the offensive rating of the Charlotte Bobcats during the regular season (97.2).

  8. iowahbr - May 2, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    D Rose will consider playing for the US Olympic team in 2016 if his injuries heal in time. He wants to be at 100%.

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