The NBA's compressed schedule, with 66 games in four months followed by one day off before the playoffs, was tough on everyone. Did it cause the torn ACLs that ended the season for Derrick Rose on Saturday? Unlikely, said a surgeon.
Derrick Rose scored 23 points before being helped off the court late in the game with an injured left knee, casting a major cloud over the Chicago Bulls' 103-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in Saturday's playoff opener.
John Lucas III scored a career-high 25 points, Joakim Noah had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls clinched the top overall seed in the NBA playoffs with a 107-75 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday night.
The Phoenix Coyotes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 Monday night and captured their opening-round series in six games to move on to next round of the playoffs. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said not winning at home was "brutal."
The Bulls may have the best record in the league. But that stat didn’t seem to impress the Atlanta Hawks. On Monday the Hawks outplayed the Bulls to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series.
On Sunday, the Chicago Blackhawks came back from a three-game deficit to push the Vancouver Canucks to a seventh game in the playoff series. The cross-continent battle concludes on Tuesday in Vancouver.Someone watching every move on the ice is Steve Konroyd.