Loul Deng believes his side need to move on from the Derrick Rose injury and focus on becoming a stronger team for the rest of the season.
The Chicago Bulls have lost four games on the spin after an impressive five-game win streak, with their last defeat coming against the struggling Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.
Wwith star man Rose facing an entire season out of the game, pundits are predicting a tough season in Illinois as the Bulls look to reach the post-season once again. And, Deng believes it is time for his team to adjust and get better if they are to make it to the playoffs.
"We just need to get better defensively, we've been in the same situation before, and it took us a little time to adjust to it," he said in a press release sent to GiveMeSport.
Having not featured at all last season, Rose has now had three consecutive injury-prone campaigns. He's only managed to play ten games this term, with an average of 15 points per game before the knee injury sustained against Portland.
But the Brit went on to to confirm they are still a solid team, even without Rose in the line-up.
"We just need make sure we adjust as quick as we can. I still believe we are a good team, it just takes a while to play without him," he added.
With any injury like this, team morale is sure to plummet, especially if it is a re-occurring problem. The 25-year-old point guard has only managed to play 49 games in the last three seasons, as questions begin to surface about the long-term capabilities of the all-star.
But, the 28-year-old forward from Brixton believes this is a difficult time for both the team and for Rose, and one which they'll have to work hard to come through unscathed.
"We're are still missing Jimmy Butler, who it feels like our little brother is hurt. We still believe in each other and Derrick is a good kid, he's always the first to arrive and last to leave for training, so it is encouraging to see," said Deng.
The former Duke college star maintains that the Bulls have a great squad, even if there are a few injuries, and believes it would be foolish to write them off so early in the season.
"I think we have good guys who are going man up, play tough and play hard," he concluded.
Luol Deng will be in action for the Chicago Bulls versus the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night/Friday morning at 12.30am. Watch the game live or on-demand via NBA LEAGUE PASS at www.nba.tv
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