Chicago Bulls: ‘Next Man Up’ Continues To Be The Theme

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Nov 17, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (12) reacts after a foul is called on him during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. The Chicago Bulls defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 105-89. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bulls defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 105-89 despite the absences of Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol, once again showing how deep this team is compared to the version we have seen over past few years.

Over the past two seasons, the Chicago Bulls have been forced to play without key players in the lineup at various stretches. Derrick Rose, who had played in just 10 games coming into this season, has already missed seven games due to ankle and hamstring injuries. Jimmy Butler missed the first two games of the season while Taj Gibson and Pau Gasol have sat out games as well.

But if you thought that the injuries would slow this team down, you would be mistaken.

In fact, the Bulls have won eight of their first 12 games, including six wins in seven tries on the road. And the last time the Bulls won their first six road games of the season was during the 1996-97 campaign.

So what has been the reason for the team’s success during this early stretch of the season? The answer is that different players have stepped up when their number has been called. And although Chicago Sun-Times columnist Joe Cowley recently referred to Taj Gibson as possibly the most important player on the team, Gibson is not the only one helping the Bulls win games in spite of injuries.

That being said, here is a look at some of those players who have contributed to Chicago’s early success this season.

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