They’re the bane of every NBA team, especially during the second half of the season. The Bulls are no exception. Chicago’s last two losses — versus the Pacers in Indiana and against the Hawks in Chicago — might have been avoided with a couple extra healthy bodies. Well, the Pacers game at the very least. But that’s not in the cards right now.
So…today’s practice had almost as many people absent as in attendence.
According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune: “The Bulls’ walking wounded number grew Tuesday with Brad Miller, Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng all sitting out the light practice at the Berto Center. Miller is nursing general soreness from logging heavy minutes in light of Noah’s injury, which remains plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Deng and Rose are nursing sore knees from banging them on opposing players, and Hinrich also has a sore knee.”
Let’s hope the time off helps. The Bulls are about to go through an absolutely brutal stretch during which the play at home versus the Grizzlies, Mavericks and Jazz, then at Orlando, Miami, Memphis and Dallas, and then back home against the Cavaliers.
Sounds like a job for the Yes! cartwheel.