CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls have been without the services of their MVP Derrick Rose for four days and two games now. The question now is not only when will he come back but should he be sitting?
The answer to the second question is a resounding yes. The simple logic behind it being would you rather have Rose sit now and take a few losses if they come, or would you rather have him playing hurt, never recover and then either not be top notch when it counts or miss playoff games?
“He’s feeling a little better, so we’ll see how it goes [Friday],” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He’s day-to-day. The swelling is down, so that’s a good sign.”
Rose injured his toe in last Tuesday’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves when he went down awkward in the first quarter. He missed most of the second quarter but finished the game. After that Rose has missed three of the last five games.
But Rose is still missing practice and is expected to miss considerable time on Friday and even Saturday against the Bobcats. This may be the best thing for the Bulls as well. As posed in the original question, it’s a pick your poison type of situation with Rose. SHould he miss time now or later, bottom line is he’s missing time.
Better that time be now — right now.
Rose doesn’t need to play against the Cav’s on Friday and doesn’t need to play Saturday against the Bobcats either. The Bulls have a nasty nine game road trip all up and down the Eastern Seaboard to end January and begin February, it will be then that Rose is needed. Chicago has games in Boston, New Jersey, Miami and New Orleans among other games. If fans are worried about the Bulls record taking a hit while Rose is out now, it is this road trip in which the Bulls record could take a serious hit.
So Rose can rest for now, the Cav’s and Bobcats won’t be too much of a challenge. And if the Bulls do lose those games, it’s better to lose now then to lose against contending teams insinuations that could end up hurting the Bulls in the long run.
That’s a philosophy Tom Thibodeau buys into. ”He’s been off for four days now,” he said. “When he’s ready to go, he’ll go.”