With Derrick Rose’s season over, almost everyone has written off the Chicago Bulls’ title hopes, and understandably so. But what about the “Ewing Theory”?
You know, Dave Cirilli and Bill Simmons’ theory that says a team occasionally comes together in the absence of its star and actually plays better than before? Is there any chance the Bulls can make a Ewing Theory-like run to an NBA championship?
As you might have heard, Chicago did win 18 of 27 games without the 2010-2011 MVP in the lineup this season, compared to 32 of 39 games with Rose. With excellent team defense and a balanced scoring attack, the Bulls clearly didn’t slip too far. But how did they fare against potential playoff opponents without their star on the floor?
Pretty well actually. Absent Rose, Chicago won at home in its only game against Philadelphia, took two of three from Boston (all games won by the home team), dominated on the road in its only clash with Atlanta, and split two games with Miami (both games won ...