Bulls hit another bump in miserable road trip with 89-83 OT loss to Jazz
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter November 25, 2013 10:54PM
Updated: November 26, 2013 10:37PM
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Life without Derrick Rose is becoming a rougher go than anyone first anticipated.
And while coach Tom Thibodeau continued to try and will his team to keep pushing forward, the 89-83 overtime loss to what was a one-win Jazz team was just another reminder that this is a team still overcome by emotion with the news they received Monday morning.
“The highs and lows are crazy,’’ center Joakim Noah said of his last three days since Rose tore the meniscus in his right knee. “We keep saying no excuses, this and that, right now I have to find my spirit. My spirit out there on the court. I’m just really hurting for Derrick, hurting for our team.
“I’m going through it, our team is going through it, it’s not easy. We’re just trying to find a way.’’
Eight hours before taking the court against the Jazz, the Bulls found out that while Rose’s surgery was successful, he would be lost for the year.
Even with a veteran core, there definitely seems to be a hangover from that news, not only mentally, but physically trying to gel with a new-look starting lineup and rotation.
Thibodeau gave rookie Tony Snell his first start of the season, which allowed him to then bring veteran Mike Dunleavy off the bench and keep the second unit a bit more sturdy.
Snell, who was drafted 20th overall in the first round, came into the game averaging just over five minutes a contest, and was coming off a career-high five points in 28 minutes played against the Clippers on Sunday. He finished with nine against the Jazz, as the Bulls (6-7) have now lost four-straight regular-season games for the first time under Thibodeau.
“The challenge for us right now is we’re in the midst of four games in five days, so you don’t have a lot of practice time, so you’re trying to get organized in a [hotel] ballroom,’’ Thibodeau said. “And it’s good, that’s what you have, you have to make the most of that, but you want to have some practice time, too. That will be important for us.
“We’re going to keep pushing, fighting and grinding, and we’ll find a way.’’