For awhile there during the 2013-2014, we thought that the Chicago Bulls would be alright on offense.
We were lying to ourselves.
The truth is that the Bulls offense being led by Joakim Noah and D.J. Augustin was a nice story to follow during the regular season, but come playoff time, our hopes were clearly exceeding reality. Reality is that neither Noah nor Augustin are the type of player that the Bulls can lean on towards the end of the games.
That much has been proven in the Bulls first two playoffs losses to the Washington Wizards. In Tuesday’s loss to the Wizards, the Bulls went 8 minutes during the final stretch of the game without a single field goal. The Bulls almost went the entire overtime on Tuesday without scoring a single point.
But if these past two losses have taught us anything, it is that Derrick Rose‘s value to the Bulls can not be undermined. When Noah was emerging as an offensive facilitator during the second half of the NBA season, the idea was the Bulls would finally be able to run an offense that didn’t have to be bailed out by Rose within the final 10 seconds of the shot clock.
That type of offense, however, is precisely what the Bulls needed in their first two playoff games. Sure, it may not have been pretty but Rose always found a way to spark the Bulls offense. There is no question that the outcome of the first two games in the Bulls series against the Wizards would be different had Rose been on the court.
Now, I hate to be the guy to be highlighting the need for Rose, especially when the point guard has essentially gone two years without playing. But for as much Rose’s value to the Bulls has been discredited by fans this season, we all needed a slap in face to remind us how important Rose is to the Bulls.
The Wizards have provided that slap.