Sputtering Bulls Wait On Rose’s Return

NBA.com | Hang Time Blog

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HANG TIME SOUTHWEST —Derrick Rosesays only God knows when he’ll play. For a team that desperately needs a savior, Rose’s delayed debut can’t come soon enough.

A season without the Chicago Bulls’ electric point guard has put some hard minutes on players like Luol Deng and Joakim Noah, and made it even harder for the Bulls to score. Ranking 29th in the league in scoring at 92.7 ppg, the hardest-working team in the NBA might be on the verge of total burnout — if they’re not there already.

After a 5-8 February, Chicago is 3-6 in March, 36-31 overall after Thursday’s 99-89 home loss to Portland and tied for sixth place in the East with the Boston Celtics. Further slippage and the Bulls, just two games up on the Milwaukee Bucks in the dreaded eight-hole, could be faced with a first-round meeting…

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