Prior to this past weekend, the Chicago Bulls were more or less cruising along just fine without reigning MVP Derrick Rose, who had sat out the four previous games with back spasms. But the walls caved in on Saturday when the Bulls lost to the New Jersey Nets by the score of 97-85, and it wasn't nearly that close for most of the contest. As the Miami Heat continue to steamroll their competition, Rose's potential return will loom larger and larger over every game.
Bulls Vs. Hawks Preview: Derrick Rose's Health Looms Large
The Chicago Bulls (25-8) face the Atlanta Hawks (19-12) in a tough test in the first half's final week, and they may be with or without Derrick Rose.