The Bulls made a game of it, but in the end, their loss to the Heat might have been an inevitability. Chicago's a good team, but without Derrick Rose, it's just short of elite. Rose has come under fire for his playoff absence this season -- he seemed to be approaching full speed in practice, and he could have definitely helped the Bulls against LeBron James & Co. -- but the real question is what his future looks like. ACL injuries are no joke, and Rose is important enough to the Bulls that our experts don't fault him for sitting out, but that might be cold comfort to fans focused on the here and now.
Joakim Noah and the rest of the Bulls did their best, but without Rose's explosiveness, taking on the Heat was just too much for them to handle.
Back to basics?
You never know how a player will come back from a knee injury -- Bulls fans are likely hoping for an Adrian Peterson situation with Rose.
A ring for Rose?
Rose's résumé is sparkling -- he's been both Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player -- but it'll be incomplete if he never wins a ring.