Derrick Rose went down with an ACL tear in the first game. If that wasn't enough, Joakim Noah was knocked out for the series in Game 3 with a sprained ankle. Philadelphia capitalized and beat the #1 Bulls in six games. I talked to Bryan Crawford (@_BryanCrawford), who writes the blog, On The Go, for SLAM. Bryan also does work for NBC Chicago.
Have you ever seen a team have this many injuries in the playoffs before? It's quite amazing...
It's really the damnedest thing I've ever seen in all my years of watching the NBA. Obviously, the Bulls got hit the hardest of any playoff team, but guys have been dropping left and right all over the league. And it's not minor injuries, but serious ones. It's crazy.
When Rose went down, did you still think the team could do something magical and make a deep playoff run?
Nope. I knew it was over. I figured they'd get by Philly with no problem and then get put out in the second round. But after seeing where they were mentally after Derrick was injured, you could tell that a first round exit was much more likely.
So what's next for the Bulls? The roster, when healthy, still seems primed for a title run.
The 2012-2013 Chicago Bulls team will look much different from this one. A lot of the faces you saw this year won't be back next season. Changes will be made. But as long as the core remains intact and once Derrick Rose is healthy, the Bulls will still be contenders.
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