With the Bulls notching yet another win on Saturday without all-star Derrick Rose, it would be wise for coach Tom Thibodeau to rest his MVP and his bum toe for another week instead of rushing the situation, especially with a home schedule the next six days in the Bulls favor.
The Bulls play host to New Jersey, Indiana and Milwaukee — and it is a winnable stretch they can do without Rose.
D-Rose has missed five of the last seven, but the Bulls are 4-1 without him and have notched 39 and 21 point wins in the process, averaging 98.2 points per game while giving up a stingy 85.4 ppg.
Defense has been a major factor. In those four wins, Tom Thibodeau’s defense has allowed 81.2 points. And who says you need Rose to score over a 100? Offensively averaging over 101.2 almost sounds ludicrous for a team without their best weapon, but they’re doing just that.
In Saturday’s 95-89 win against Charlotte, the Bulls were without Rose, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and John Lucas III and still managed to stay undefeated at home (7-0). Even if one of the side affects of the lockout leads to injuries and lack of chemistry during the onset, at 15-3, the lockout appears to have not done any injustice to the Bulls.
The Bulls can clearly win for the time being, and the rest would allow Rose to get ready for a date with Miami next Sunday in a rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals, which the Heat won in five games. That’s the genesis of a 15-day stretch where the Bulls will play 9 games on the road against all Eastern Conference teams.
Plus, with Brian Scalabrine making circus passes look routine, why worry?