To precisely nobody’s surprise, the Chicago Bulls will again be without 4 of their 14 players as they host the Denver Nuggets, most likely.
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune tweeted yesterday that the Bulls definitely will be sans Richard Hamilton, will make decisions on Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson at gametime, and seem unlikely to welcome Derrick Rose back to the lineup, although it’s unclear one way or the other on that front.
No changes on Bulls injuries. Hinrich, Gibson didn't practice, doubtful vs. Nuggets. Rose practiced but no sign of playing. Rip out.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) March 17, 2013
As they have been for the past several games, the Bulls will have to survive without them. Gibson’s loss continues to really sting, as he’s really been the only serviceable big off the bench this season. Nazr Mohammed has been better of late, but that only means he’s gone from the worst player in the league to merely terrible. And Vladimir Radmanovic is, well, Vladimir Radmanovic.
The Bulls can mostly survive without Hinrich and can definitely survive without Hamilton. And they’ve been mostly fine without Rose all season, so his continued non-return hasn’t been a huge issue. But we’ll see how they fare against the deep, talented, fast-paced Nuggets.
UPDATE: Taj Gibson might play tonight after all, according to KC Johnson, although it doesn’t seem particularly likely.
Sounds like Taj Gibson has chance to play vs. Nuggets. Thibodeau called Rose "unlikely," which means out. Hinrich, Hamilton out too. #Bulls
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) March 18, 2013