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Injury Stuns Chicago Bulls For Second Season in a Row

by Joe Hardy

For the second season in a row, The Chicago Bulls (6-5) will be without All-Star point guard and 2011 MVP Derrick Rose. An MRI taken on Rose’s right knee Saturday morning revealed a torn meniscus in his right knee that will require surgery. Rose is out indefinitely and will not accompany the Bulls to Los Angeles to face the Clippers.

The Chicago Bulls, with their physical style of play and MVP talent, were considered early season favorites to challenge the dominant Miami Heat in the East. This injury injects an element of doubt into these plans. Rose was playing in only his 11th game since tearing his left ACL in April of 2012 and missing the entire 2012-2013 season. The Bulls will definitely miss their point guarad as they travel to take on the L.A Clippers (9-5), a franchise that has experienced resurgence since trading for All-Star point guard Chris Paul in December of 2011 and signing former Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers in the offseason. They currently lead the Pacific West.

This game will pit the Clippers’ top-5 offense against the Bulls’ top-5 defense. Chris Paul leads the league in assists (12.5 assists/game) while Blake Griffin is 9th in the league in scoring (22.5 pts/gm). The Clippers rank 4th as a team offensively (107 pts/gm) while the Bulls are 3rd in scoring defensively (94.3 pts allowed/gm.) Both teams are projected playoff contenders and this game will serve as a good frame of reference for how the expectations of both teams will be measured. For the Clippers, this means taking control of the Pacific West from the normally dominant (and currently Kobe-less) L.A Lakers. For the Bulls, this means trying to succeed in a top-heavy Eastern conference without their best offensive player for the 2nd year in a row.

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