Luol Deng misses game 6, now in hospital; Derrick Rose needs to play game 7

Bulls can't stay healthy; Rose has to play in game 7

5/3/13 in NBA   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

I suppose it's apropos that in an injury riddled season, the Bulls would be down multiple players in a game where a win would advance them to the next round of the playoffs.

It really is remarkable how many games players have missed this season. Most due to injuries, but Thursday night it was the flu that kept all-star Luol Deng out. Nate Robinson, also impacted by the flu, played but actually vomited on the bench during a timeout. Taj Gibson played with the flu as well, but clearly wasn’t himself and fouled out in only 18 minutes of action.

Already minus Kirk Hinrich due to a calf injury sustained in the triple overtime win, head coach Tom Thibodeau learned an hour before tipoff that Deng would miss game 6 courtesy the flu. Now we learn Deng had more than just the flu, and that he underwent a spinal tap to test for viral meningitis. Thankfully, the tests came back negative. However, Deng is currently back in the emergency room and is likely to stay overnight for more treatment. I can’t imagine him playing game 7 Saturday night.

Is this team cursed? You can't make this stuff up.

Apr 27, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) warms up before game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY SportsThe Bulls players and organization have been saying all the right things about Derrick Rose's situation. I just wonder what people really feel. Steve Kerr said Tuesday night during the broadcast that he felt due to all the injuries sustained by the Bulls, Rose should get out there and give his teammates something.
I defended Rose's decision to wait until he was ready to play. However, I honestly didn't think he wouldn't be back for the playoffs. Now, how do you not question his not being on the floor trying to win this series, especially with Hinrich unable to go the last two games?

At this point it's clearly mental for Rose now. Rose recently said it’s about muscle memory. He's been medically cleared to play for over a month now. He practices with the team daily. After watching practice video online, I feel Derrick wants to be able to do everything he did prior to the surgery and based on what he calls “muscle memory” can't. I'm sure sitting there on the bench eats him alive, yet perhaps he feels if he can't provide what he used to, then he's better off waiting until he can.

At this point, I agree with Steve Kerr. Rose needs to be on the floor now. And I don't need his loud mouthed brother telling people Derrick will play in the second round. With the Bulls playing game 7 Saturday night, you're telling me a few more days would make that much of a difference? I'm sorry, but if Hinrich can't play in game 7, I want to see Rose on the floor for even 15-20 minutes--anything to spark this team. I don't care if they lose. I just want to see them go down with their superstar doing everything in his power to make sure they don't.

Derrick Rose--I want to see your Willis Reed moment Saturday night.

It really will be sad to see this season end the way it may--again.
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