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April 12, 2012

Chicago Bulls defeat New York Knicks but Rose was sidelined

Rose was sidelined again, but that didn't stop the Bulls, not a bit

By Stephen Lars

This season, the Chicago Bulls have managed to lead the league with 44 wins, despite having played 23 games without their All-Star point guard and the NBA’s regular season incumbent MVP Derrick Rose. That says a lot about a team that has managed to keep on winning despite missing Rose in as many as 12 consecutive games. So far this year Rose has had to deal with a variety of ailments, including a turf toe injury, back spasms and a groin injury that kept him out for a dozen games before he returned on April 8th to play against the Knicks. He was certainly rusty and despite scoring 29 points for the night, he went for 8-of-26 shooting in the game and missed potential game winning shots late in the fourth quarter and in overtime.  As if that was not enough he got injured in his right ankle in the 100-99 overtime loss to the Knicks.

As if that was not enough he got injured in his right ankle in the 100-99 overtime loss to the Knicks.

But on Tuesday night the Bulls were going to host the New York Knicks in the United Center and even though Rose was going to be sidelined by a cautious head coach, at the end Tom Thibodeau proved that it was the best call. The Chicago Bulls relied heavily on their supporting cast to deliver a solid performance against the Knicks to get back in the winning track. With Richard Hamilton pushing the offensive line scoring 20 points. Kyle Korver added 14 points and three blocks, and the Bulls took revenge for their loss on the Madison Square Garden. But the Bulls wouldn’t had been able to pull it off had it not been for Loul Deng’s solid peformance who finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists, the Chicago Bulls took a 98-86 win over the Knicks and improved to 16-7 without Derrick Rose.

The Bulls opted to play it safe and keep Derrick Rose in the bench. "I just think it was the smart thing to do in this situation," coach Tom Thibodeau said in the press conference after the game. "If we're going to err, we're going to err on the side of caution. He wanted to play and we felt it was best that he didn't."

Carmelo Anthony guided the Knicks effort with 29 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Tyson Chandler chipped in with 15 rebounds and 10 points but overall, the Bulls were dominant in the glass. The Bulls outrebounded the Knicks 18-5 offensively and 51-33 overall, making it clear that there was no way they would get back in the game giving so many second opportunities. Sure enough the Knick were able to cut down short a 15-point lead and get in the game for a moment or two, but the Bulls were very effective at holding the lead. And the Bulls didn’t miss a second chance. That’s what made all the difference. The Bulls outscored the Knicks 25-5 on second-chance points.

The Chicago Bulls will now face the Miami Heat at home on Thursday. Considering the Heat has dropped two consecutive games to their other rivals, the Boston Celtics, chances are that LeBron James and Co. are going to put on a huge battle at the United Center. So this one match should somehow give you a good idea of what to expect in the playoffs.

About the Author

Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers the Sports news, previews and handicaps for the BetIAS Sportsbook. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.