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- Are the Bulls preparing to submerge without Derrick Rose?
The Bulls didn’t miss Derrick Rose all that much on offense in the second game of their NBA playoff series with the Philadelphia 76ers, as C.J. Watson and John Lucas combined for 27 points and seven assists.
But oh, did the Bulls miss Rose on defense.
Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams combined for 46 points and 12 assists, and Rose’s old high-school sparring partner Evan Turner added 19 points from the off-guard position against ten from the Bulls’ Rip Hamilton as the Sixers won the first Rose-less game 109-92 to even the series going back to Philly.
Rose, who blew out his knee at the end of the first victory, ending his season, fired the Bulls up by limping onto the court to present the game ball at the start Tuesday night at the United Center, to chants of “MVP! MVP!” from the fans. Unfortunately, the Bulls went about proving just how valuable he is to them.
Rubbing the Bulls’ noses in it, Turner placed the ball on the floor and simply let the 24-second clock run out in the waning moments of the 109-92 drubbing as fans continued to boo him.