Lost among your stunningly insightful and almost clairvoyant appraisal of this situation is that Rose could've said "I don't think I should go in". Or the doctors could have not cleared him medically. Or that if the Bulls lose the game that suddenly Thibodeau made the wrong opposite decision. Or that Rose doesn't HAVE to play like he's on a trampoline at all times and could learn to tone it down and actually play his position.
How about this idea: **** happens.