Derrick Rose missed another game due to his sore groin but that did not stop the Chicago Bulls from picking up the 89-80 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. The Bulls were led in scoring by C.J. Watson, who started in place of the banged up Derrick Rose, and they also had a noteworthy effort from Joakim Noah who posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Bulls totaled 53 rebounds in all to the 76ers 39 which helped the Bulls get second chance opportunities on the offensive glass and limit them on the defensive glass. The 76ers actually shot a higher field goal percentage than the Bulls, 41.8%-40.3%, but the Bulls made three more three pointers and ten more free throws. The Bulls had thirty one free throw attempts compared to the Sixers fifteen. The Bulls also showed the Sixers their tough defense coming up with six steals and eight blocks. Overall, this was a low scoring affair between two of the top defenses in regards to points allowed and the Bulls came out on top even without their superstar and reigning MVP on the floor.
This was yet another collaborative team effort for a victory with Derrick Rose out of the lineup and the Bulls continue to show that they have the ability to come through and win games while Rose is resting and ready enough to return to the lineup. This does not mean that the Bulls are better off without Rose I am just saying that the Bulls rely on one another more when Rose is out of the lineup instead of putting all of the pressure on one player to come through with most of their offensive production, as it has seemed the Bulls do with Rose a lot. Rose is a great player in the NBA, right now, and he is a vital part of the team and is key if the Bulls want a chance to win the championship but he needs help when the game comes down to the wire or when blame needs to be assigned. Rose is always the first one to step up and take the blame for a loss but that is why I believe the ball is always in his hands at the end of the game, not just because he is the best player on the team, but because he owns up to his own actions and is strong enough to take the good with the bad and the fame with the blame.
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Written by Logan Williams
My name is Logan Williams and I am a senior at California University of Pennsylvania. I am an avid sports fan and I am looking to make a splash in the sporting industry and get my views out there so that other people can see what I have to offer.