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It is no secret that the Bulls have the pieces in place to win the NBA championship right now. It is also no secret that in order to reach this goal, Chicago will have to beat the Miami Heat in a seven-games series.
Many speculated that Chicago would make a trade at the deadline. However, the management ultimately decided to keep the roster intact.
Last season, the Bulls fell short of their goal, but this year’s squad has improved drastically from a year ago. Guys like C.J. Watson and John Lucas III have showed the ability to knock down shots all year, and their offense will be even more important in the playoffs.
Let’s face it, the role players will undoubtedly play a big role, but it will come down to the matchup of LeBron James and Derrick Rose in the latter part of the game. A year ago, Miami’s strategy was very clear; they were going to make life for D-Rose very difficult and force the other Bulls to beat them.
In the offseason, Rose used this disappointment as fuel during his offseason training, and the young guard will be anxious to take on this challenge again this season. Although the Bulls have had success without their best player, in order to make a serious title run they need D-Rose in the lineup and healthy.
With the playoffs a little over a month away, the city of Chicago is anxious to get their star back to make a serious playoff push.