The Chicago Bulls are again fighting through a year where they’re suffering an insane amount of injuries. After Derrick Rose went down for the entire season again with a knee injury, Chicago is also short handed in the frontcourt with the continued absence of forward Luol Deng. According to the Bulls, Deng will again be listed as out for tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Chicago has also ruled that guard Jimmy Butler is out as well, meaning the Bulls are down two of their best scoring options yet again tonight.
Per Tom Thibodeau, Jimmy Butler and Luol Deng are out vs. Bucks tonight. #MILvsCHI
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) December 10, 2013
The blows keep coming to a Bulls team that would likely be fighting for a top spot in the Eastern Conference if they were fully healthy. But without Rose, Deng and Butler, the Bulls are operating well below the level they expected to be at and fans are again growing frustrated with the team’s poor performance .
It’s not as though the team can be blamed for the injuries, but they can be blamed for the problems caused by them. Fans who wanted a deeper roster and more money spent on bench players now have the best argument they’ve ever had that owner Jerry Reinsdorf’s short-term penny pinching antics are a detriment to the team’s long-term success.