Rose has been Mr Glass all year. He hasn't played in back to back games since March and now this. Sucks so bad. As a Sixers fan I'm upset. I don't want them to best a Rose-less Bulls and I don't want them to fall as well.
Plus the Playoffs aren't the same when you lose major key players like Rose.
I'm honestly not extremely worried without Rose. Sure, if he were playing, especially at 100%, we'd be definite contenders for the title. Without him, though, I think we've still got a fair shot. I think the team proved in the regular season that they've got what it takes to get there. Best bench in the NBA by miles.
Take away Ginobili and my statement becomes fact rather than biased opinion.
Calling it fact discredits the Spurs bench entirely. Adding Jackson and Diaw have proved to be highly beneficial. Leonard has had one hell of a season. Neal and Splitter are more than often very reliable, Neal sometimes lighting up for 20+. I can't forget the Red Rocket. When his ugly shot is on he is a force to be reckoned with from the arc. They had the best record in the NBA (along with Chicago) and did so with record low minutes for Duncan and Manu getting his typical miss a lot of games injury (thankfully happened early this year). They also did so in the West which is a strong conference and their division is a lot stronger. Their bench this year has been better than easily 1/3 of the league's starting 5's (same can be said for the Bulls). Their bench lead the league with an average over 107 minutes a game this year. That combined with their record and game winning streak to close out the season says A LOT. I'm not saying the Chicago bench is weak by any means, just making a case that SAS is right up there with them. Here's some stats to consider:
I know, this is just shit written down on paper and can't be taken too seriously, but it can't be ignored. The Bulls bench is more defensive minded and this year the whole Spurs team has been more offensive rather than their usual suffocating bring the opponents to a grinding halt defense.