He sat in the next Bulls game vs. the Pacers, which Indiana won at the United Center. Now it’s onto a seven game road trip, first stop being tonight against the LA Clippers. It is likely Rose won’t be in this game. And subsequent games will be day-to-day. Some commentators have said being “day to day” is Rose’s status. If that is case, it will be a frustrating season.
For the time being, this is the scenario in which the Bulls must play. The Bulls have a deeper team, with better shooters and a deeper front-court. Pau Gasol had been terrific in his debut season with the Bulls. He is almost averaging a double-double. He’s been rock steady and is an important player on the roster.
The Bulls will play their best. A lot of pressure goes on Jimmy Butler who scored 32 points in the Pacers game. You can’t expect Butler to score 30 a game, but he is going to have to score points off the dribble, in order for the Bulls to be somewhat effective.
Chicago will miss Rose. He makes them a contender. The Question is: Will his style of play let him be on the court?