Time for a little Chicago Bulls injury update, starring Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. Both of whom missed out on an all expenses paid trip to London this summer because they were banged up.
Derrick Rose is expected to start doing some light on the court work soon, according to Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. Which is nice, it will make a good part of the video series and it shows he has not had any setbacks.
Still, the Bulls want to take their time and make sure Rose is 100 percent before they bring him back. Don’t expect to see him before the All-Star break and the words out of Chicago target March.
Noah suffered a severe ankle sprain in Game 2 of the Bulls first round playoff loss to the Pacers, and he has yet to return to five-on-five action, Amick reports.
However, he is doing well and will be 100 percent when camp opens at the start of October.
The Bulls are not going to totally drop off the cliff without Rose, so long as Noah and Luol Deng play (he is not having wrist surgery). The Bulls will defend hard, they will win some games. The question is how much will the bench hurt them and what will they get from Rose when he returns?
Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.
Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.
Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.