After posting the league's best record, the Chicago Bulls saw their championship dreams come to an unceremonious end at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series 79-78. The Bulls, whose reputation all season has been predicated on rebounding and tough defense, was outplayed and outdefended by a 76ers team that no one believed had a chance of even making this series competitive.
The Bulls were exposed as a strong, but ultimately flawed team that is still several pieces away from serious title contention. Granted, losing Derrick Rose after Game 1 was a tremendous blow for the team. Still, many sports analysts believed the Bulls had enough to beat an offensively challenged and star-deprived 76ers team.
The Bulls' failure to win the first-round series showed their terrific play in the regular season may have incorrectly convinced some that their "team first" dynamic was the making of champion this season. (The Bulls became just the fifth No. 1 seed to lose to an No. 8 seed, and the third team since the first round went to a best-of-seven format.)
This view proved to be incorrect. Here are the six beliefs that proved inaccurate in the Bulls' first-round loss.