Lack of a deal put Bulls in this position

May, 23, 2011
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Wilbon By Michael Wilbon
ESPNChicago.com
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MIAMI -- Games like the Bulls' loss Sunday night are why there was so much angst in Chicago at the NBA trading deadline in late-February when team executives decided not to make a deal for a big-time scorer, when they decided to stand pat and go into the playoffs with the roster they had, the roster with just one legitimate defense-wrecker. Don’t get me wrong, given the team’s youth, upward arc and the wisdom of looking at the big picture, Gar Forman and John Paxson probably did the right thing keeping talented young bigs Taj Gibson and Omer Asik, who are so much more difficult to find than a shooter.

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Michael Wilbon is a featured columnist for ESPN.com and ESPNChicago.com. He is the longtime co-host of "Pardon the Interruption" on ESPN and appears on the "NBA Sunday Countdown" pregame show on ABC, in addition to ESPN. You can follow him on Twitter: @RealMikeWilbon

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
20.9 3.3 1.5 39.6
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 11.9
AssistsD. Rose 5.1
StealsJ. Butler 1.5
BlocksP. Gasol 1.9