Chicago Woes: What Went Wrong With The Bulls

Chicago Woes: What Went Wrong With The Bulls

Jarrett Bailey, Sports Writer

When the NBA Playoffs began, the Eastern Conference was practically handing the Chicago Bulls their ticket to the Finals on a silver platter, and yet they still found a way to get eliminated in the semi’s. The injury to John Wall derailed the Wizards, the Cavs lost a big piece of their Big 3 when Kevin Love was lost for the season due to a shoulder injury, and the Hawks were struggling against the Wizards, even when they were without Wall. Granted, the Bulls were without Pau Gasol for Games 2 and 3 due to injury, and lost Taj Gibson in Game 5 due to an ejection, but when diversity hit, they left star big man Joakim Noah to carry the load in the paint. In Game 4, Noah pulled down 15 boards, which is great, but only posted 8 points on 4 of 12 shooting. In Game 5, he posted 10 points and 9 boards, below average numbers for a player of Noah’s caliber.

The Bulls problems go much deeper than just with their players, Head Coach Tom Thibodeau and the higher ups in the Bulls organization have butted heads for quite sometime now, and according to multiple sources, Thibs could be on his way out on his way to a new job and a fresh start. On the bright side for Chicago, they still have one of the most talented teams in the NBA going into next season. Derrick Rose was showing shades of his true self and, if healthy, is looking at a great 2015-16 campaign. Along with that, they have that great trio of big men in Gasol, Noah, and Gibson and a young corps of possible perennial All-Star different makers in Jimmy Butler and Nikola Mirotic. This season was the Bulls for the taking, and in the end, frankly speaking, they choked and lost it for themselves. If new coaching is a part of the future, as great as a coach as Thibodeau is, it may the final ingredient that the Bulls need to win their first Title with this great corps of young players in the very near future.

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