Kirk Hinrich said he hopes to play at some point on the Bulls' three-game trip but exited the Staples Center still wearing a walking boot to protect his sore right foot. Taj Gibson expressed hope he could return from his sprained MCL on this trip but admitted he still is wearing a brace at times and hasn't begun his regular workouts. Derrick Rose told ESPN's Doris Burke in an off-camera conversation that his hamstrings are "on fire" following full-court workouts, although that's not the sole reason he's not expected to return imminently from offseason knee surgery. Rose said last month his knee still doesn't feel right when he cuts. "Nobody cares," Joakim Noah said of opponents' mindset about the Bulls' injuries. "There's no time for excuses. You still have to play the game the right way." The myriad injuries and coach Tom Thibodeau's lack of trust in certain reserves forced the Bulls' rotation to be just as small as their offensive output Sunday. No starter played fewer than Luol Deng's 38 minutes, 17 seconds and only eight players played for the second straight game. Only Jimmy Butler logged significant minutes off the bench at just shy of 24. Marquis Teague and Nazr Mohammed logged spot minutes.
Result of injuries? Bulls pile up minutes, not excuses
Chicago Tribune | Mar 11