Injuries not hurting Bulls' bottom line

January, 23, 2012
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Isaacson By Melissa Isaacson
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Hopefully the Chicago Bulls will not have to find out how they would fare without both Derrick Rose and Luol Deng. But they are proving that lacking one at a time, they’re still more than capable.

Monday night, with Rose back in the lineup for the first time in the last five games but Deng out indefinitely with an unspecified wrist injury and Taj Gibson out with an ankle sprain , the Bulls continued to show -- at least the lower echelon of the NBA -- that less than full-strength is strong enough.

That’s encouraging news for a team that may be looking at its biggest challenge yet as Deng seeks a second opinion on the left wrist he injured Saturday.

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Melissa Isaacson

Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
Melissa Isaacson is a columnist for espnW.com, ESPN Chicago and ESPN.com. The award-winning writer has covered Chicago sports for most of her 31-year career, including at the Chicago Tribune before joining ESPN in 2009. Isaacson has also covered tennis since 1986.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5