Scouting report: Sixers vs. Bulls (updated) 

April, 30, 2012
4/30/12
3:52
PM PT
By John Carroll

Tom Thibodeau won the NBA’s Coach of the Year award a year ago and he deserves tremendous consideration again this year for having the Chicago Bulls back atop of the Eastern Conference. He repeated the feat of a year ago with last year’s MVP Derrick Rose out for 26 games this season, and locked down the No.1 seed and home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Howeverm with Rose out for the season after tearing his ACL, Thibodeau and his team will be tested in a much different way.,

The Bulls won 18 regular-season games with the combination of C.J. Watson and John Lucas III at point guard. But winning playoff games will be extremely different. The Bulls will miss Rose’s ability to get into the teeth of the defense and create baskets for him and others. This is what makes the Bulls special offensively and is what is needed at playoff time. Without Rose the Bulls are much more limited offensively. They must find a way to get each other easy, open looks and shoot a high percentage in order to get by Philadelphia. Although the Bulls' chances of winning this series have lessened without Rose they are still one of the most complete teams in the NBA. They have more than enough talent and depth to win in the playoffs. They have been a grind it out team since Thibodeau arrived in Chicago; they'll need to be in order to advance.