(Eds: Updates with quotes, details. With AP Photos.) By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer The Chicago Bulls won 45 games without a single point from Derrick Rose.
The former MVP point guard has been sidelined all season while recovering from surgery on his left knee. Just about every other key player got banged up at some point, too.
Now, with the playoffs set to start, the Bulls are about as healthy as they've been all season, and they insist they just might stick around for a while after finishing fifth in the Eastern Conference. They face the fourth-seeded Nets in the first round, with Game 1 Saturday night at Brooklyn.
''I'm really proud of this season because it wasn't easy,'' Joakim Noah said. ''We've been through a lot. There were a lot of distractions. There was a lot of adversity. A lot of injuries. Regardless of what was thrown at us, we fought hard through it all. I'm really proud of my teammates for that. There were times when guys were looking at our team and they wer...