In the very first playoff game of this thrilling NBA season, reigning MVP Derrick Rose played a pivotal role in the Chicago Bulls’ 103-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. He also tore his ACL with just over a minute to go, and will not lace up again this season.
The immediate focus has been on the fact that Rose was still playing so late with the win comfortably in hand. That is certainly worth debating, and it will be interesting to see how this shapes Tom Thibodeau’s tendencies in his still-blooming career as a head coach. He contends that Rose had been inserted to quash a Philadelphia rally earlier in the quarter, but with 80 seconds left and a 12-point lead, he could have been removed with no worries. Then again, perhaps he was coming out at the next whistle. This is fun to debate, but misses the real impact of the injury.
Actually, wait… it doesn’t.
Much ink (and data) has been spilled over how much this changes the NBA playoffs. The top seed in the East is now missing its ...