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By KEVIN CHROUST

Posted Nov 23 2013 11:21PM

Life without Derrick Rose begins - again - for the Chicago Bulls, and the schedule isn't letting them ease into it.

Game 1 of an indefinite run without their star point guard comes Sunday on the road against the Los Angeles Clippers, one of the NBA's best home teams.

In just his 10th game back after missing last season while recovering from a torn left ACL, Rose suffered a medial meniscus tear in his right knee Friday night in Portland. The injury will require surgery, and there's no timetable for Rose's return.

"I feel bad for him," said Clippers power forward Blake Griffin, who tore his meniscus in college. "The good news is it's not nearly as bad as what he went through (before)."

In 99 combined regular-season and playoff games without Rose from May 1, 2012 to May 15, 2013, the Bulls went 51-48. From the start of his MVP 2010-11 season through his ACL tear on April 28, 2012, they were 122-43.

As if losing Rose wasn't enough, the Bulls (6-5) also blew a 21-point lead in the 98-95 loss to the Trail Blazers. They were outscored 34-12 in the third quarter.

Rose scored 20 points to lead the Bulls before leaving with 3:20 left in the third and being helped to the locker room.

"He's a strong guy," Bulls forward Taj Gibson said. "He worked extremely hard this summer trying to get his body right, working out every day."

Rose's 15.9 points per game rank second on the team behind Carlos Boozer's 16.2. Rose had been shooting just 35.4 percent from the floor.

As a team, the Bulls have shot 37.9 percent over their last three games and have lost two in a row for the second time this season.

Chicago's backcourt was already short-handed with Jimmy Butler sitting out a second game with turf toe. He'll miss the entire six-game road trip.

Kirk Hinrich, who started earlier this season when Rose missed a game with a hamstring injury, and Mike Dunleavy are the likely replacements to join Boozer, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng in the new-look starting lineup.

Clippers point guard Chris Paul's job for Sunday was just made considerably easier.

"It's sad, knowing how hard he worked to get back," Paul said of Rose.

The Clippers (9-5) started a three-game homestand with Saturday's 103-102 win over Sacramento. Paul hit the go-ahead free throw with 2.5 seconds left and finished with a team-high 22 points.

"We've got to put teams away and not keep being in all these dogfights," Paul said. "It was kind of fitting we won with a defensive stop because we've been trying to improve our defense. Hopefully it gives us some confidence."

He failed to post a double-double for the first time this season after rattling off a league-record 13 straight games with at least 10 points and 10 assists to start a season.

Los Angeles has won six of seven at home and is averaging 114.0 points at Staples Center, though the last five games there have been decided by an average of 4.4 points. The Clippers went 32-9 at home a season ago.

Their 107.0 scoring average ranks among the league's best, while the Bulls are holding teams to 94.3 points per game and 40.4 percent shooting.

Without Rose, the Bulls lost both games against the Clippers last season, including a 21-point loss in Los Angeles on Nov. 17, 2012.

Chicago won both matchups in 2011-12 with Rose averaging 30.5 points.

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WinningBasket
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I hope the Clips get their defense together starting with this game. Win this, Clips!!!

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Trap game... It'll still be challenging to score on them & our players could be lazy on D knowing rose isn't there, gotta protect the defensive glass.

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I am concerned about fatigue with the second back to back in how many days?

jarca
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I hope the clippers don't relax because d rose is out

Silasie
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I hear that Rose hasn't been playing well at all so it shouldn't be that different. Also we r used to playing them without him. But of course we do need the right mind set going in.

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Even without Rose this team is still pretty good. Does have a feeling of a trap game but after what happen yesterday I expect us to go out there playing hard. Fatigue could also play a factor in this game.

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Move the ball early. Bulls have trouble scoring, so we should be able to keep a lead against them.

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Team has just got to stayed focused and play with energy 4 games in 5 days is tough but no excuse not to win todayy

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Bulls are a great defensive team. so we'll need 100% effort by the clips, that means no silly turnovers like yesterday.

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It's b.s. that this game isn't on national television.

elton_sucks42
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They need to stop showing drose commercials lol

CP3Heliflopter
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Great start. Dudley looking good.

CP3Heliflopter
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DJ not bothering to contest shots yet again.

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Good Lord. The Bulls announcers are homer as ****.

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DJ looks slow and sluggish limit his minutes if tired.

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Jared dudley came to play today...the Griffin Noah match up dowdnlow looks great.

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Deadly coming out party

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Dudley scoring 10 out of 19 total points so far, he's making his shots finally.

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Nice to see players not bothering to even contest jump shots.

Icecoldclipper
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Stay on Boozer !

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LOL Blake and DJ set up a screen at the same time again and it always results to a fail.

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BG getting his early. Good for him. Need to keep foot on the pedal.

Icecoldclipper
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Happy Dudley is continuing his confidence and letting it fly on offense. Paul looked hesitant to pass there lpl.

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Looks who is in?? Jamison

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Great d Hollins. Boozer is a primary offensive weapon you can't over help or recover slow.

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YESSSSS JAMISON

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Since when did we have Jamison...?

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Jamison sighting

Icecoldclipper
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Jamison in the game. In the words of Lebron "about damn time". Look there a strong defensive rebound by bench big a sight to see.

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Jamison........................................who's that!!

gman
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Jamison in, got a rebound. This dude is a rebound machine 1 per minute.

WinningBasket
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Great 1st quarter by the Clips scoring 31 against a defensive-minded team. I hope the Clips maintain this focus for the next 3 quarters.

Voyeur
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The links are weird today, but I'm trying to make do. Is it me or is Boozer too open?

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Nice to see Jamison play some minutes finally.

cleepers
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Damn, Blake's midrange jumper is looking like a guard's lately. DVR delay... hope it continues!

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Nice D....

Icecoldclipper
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Jordan looks winded and slow. He should probably be limited this game or switched to Noah or Taj.

Icecoldclipper
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Collison attacking and mid range should do wonders in a game like this.

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Glad to see Jamison out there. I hope he has a good game.

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J Craw ready to play. Jamison has looked ok. Had he made that 3 the house would have been brought down.

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Still 5 minutes behind... I'm rooting for Jamison.

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Tough assignment for Reggie today with Deng.

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Good to see Collison in attack mode.

gman
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Good job by Mullens today. Did not get off the bench.

WinningBasket
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I am seeing some defensive improvement by the Clippers.

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If anyone caught that black Friday ticket link please let me know what it is, thank you

gman
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DJ with 2 rebs and 1 blk. He looks tired. Is he sick?? Maybe cold symptoms?

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Jared DUdddddley for 3

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JJ looks weird with his new haircut.

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