Bulls still adjusting to their new reality

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Nearly two weeks after Derrick Rose was diagnosed with a meniscus tear that ended his season, Chicago Bulls players are still trying to come to grips with the loss.

"It's tough," Joakim Noah said Wednesday. "We have to fight through the adversity and keep fighting."

Rose arrived at the Berto Center on crutches during Wednesday's practice and has been around the team ever since it returned from the long road trip late Saturday night.

The Bulls know what it is like to play without Rose after the former MVP has barely played over the past three seasons. That is actually bad news, but coach Tom Thibodeau continued his attempt to milk the positive out of it.

"Well, we know what we have to do," Thibodeau said. "You could use that [as an excuse] all you want, but you've got to be ready to play, you've got to move on. Frankly, we have to take on Derrick's approach. Derrick has already moved past it. He's thinking about what he has to do the rest of the way, this summer, being ready for next year, talking to me about the team, what we have to do."

Thibodeau claims the team isn't demoralized despite the Rose news and the triple-ovetime defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday at the United Center.

Now comes a stern test as the Miami Heat arrive at the United Center on Thursday night, two days after their 10-game winning streak was ended at the hands of the Detroit Pistons.

"I don't see anyone hanging their head," Thibodeau said. "He's not going to be here, we know that. We've got more than enough here. Just concentrate on what we have to concentrate on."