Chicago Bulls: 3 Bold Predictions for the Rest of the First Round

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Chicago Bulls: 3 Bold Predictions for the Rest of the First Round
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Derrick Rose used a jump-stop late in the fourth quarter to halt his momentum on the court.

Instead, it halted the NBA finals expectations the Chicago Bulls carried into the postseason.

As Rose lay on the United Center floor grimacing in pain, it was even tougher watching the reactions of his teammates. The blank stares stuck out worse than LeBron James' hairline. It was a look that read"'It's over."

But is it really? Can't this team rally around each other for one last run, just like they did throughout the majority of the regular season?

Surely, Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer won't let this team fall of into abyss. Tom Thibodeau's strict structure isn't built around one player. It's built on defense. It's not like Rose is exponentially better than anyone on defense.

Or do they crumble under the playoff pressure? All regular season the Bulls could play free and easy knowing that its Superman would eventually be back. No one knew when, but there was a better chance of Michael Jordan walking away from a blackjack table than Rose sitting out the postseason.

No one player stepped into the star role that Rose left behind during the season, yet they were still successful. Does that mean it will be a seamless transition, or will they be exposed like most teams in the playoffs without a superstar are?

Here are three predictions for the remaining games in the first round, and what the future may hold for the Chicago Bulls.

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