- Post 22 May 2013
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COMMENTARY | The Miami Heat eliminated the Chicago Bullsfrom the playoffs for the second time in three seasons, despite Chicago taking the first game of the series. The Bulls were eliminated in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2011-12. The Game 1 win gave fans hope, but we all knew it was simply delaying the inevitable.
That being said, what a ride in an injury ridden season. The former MVP Derrick Rose sat out the entire season from the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in the first round of the 2011-12 playoffs, backup point guard Kirk Hinrich missed off and on this season from a barrage of injuries, Rip Hamilton continued to struggle with injuries again this season missing 50 games, Luol Deng missed a majority of the postseason and Joakim Noah suffered from plantar fasciitis missing his fair share of games during the regular season. That's a lot of personnel to account for, yet the Bulls still managed to go into the second round of the playoffs and finished the regular with a winning record of 45-37. Not an easy feat to accomplish with many of your bench players as starters.
It was a remarkable season for a team some were worried wouldn't even be competitive in the postseason. Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli emerged as some of the key players in the Bulls playoff success and Carlos Boozer played one of his better seasons with the Bulls. With Rose looking to return next season, the Bulls have a lot of hard choices
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