CHICAGO -- Like everyone else is the Bulls' locker room Saturday afternoon, John Lucas felt awful about what had just happened to Derrick Rose. He felt terribly for his friend and teammate. In the short term, though, now Lucas and C.J. Watson will be looked upon to provide a boost to the Chicago lineup.
"We just got to respond," Lucas said. "Bounce back like we did all year. We responded to every challenge this year. Lu being hurt, Derrick being hurt, C.J. being out, we all stepped up. That's our mentality."
With that in mind, let's take a look at some stats which were compiled by Ryan Feldman of ESPN Stats and Research.
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Next level: With Derrick Rose out, the Bulls will have to turn to C.J. Watson to fill in most of the void. And that may not be a good thing. The Bulls were 11.6 points better per 100 possessions with Watson off the court. They were much better offensive and defensively without Watson.
Next level: While C.J. Watson will replace Derrick Rose as the starting point guard, John Lucas may have the biggest impact on the Bulls with Rose out. The Bulls were 11 points better per 100 possessions with Lucas on the court this season. The difference was on the defensive end, where Bulls opponents scored 10 points fewer per 100 possessions with Lucas on the court.
Next level: C.J. Watson may replace Derrick Rose as the Bulls starting point guard, but John Lucas may be the better option to pick up the slack. With Lucas on the court this season, the Bulls were 16 points better per 100 possessions than they were with Watson on the court. The biggest difference was defensively, where the Bulls allowed just 87.5 points per 100 possessions with Lucas on the court this season.