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The Chicago Bulls are on a cold streak, losing six of their past 10 games. They're finally showing that winning without Derrick Rose isn't easily sustainable.
Without Rose on the floor, the Bulls are still a defensively sound team, but they couldn't be any further from being offensively competent.
Hanging with the Heat takes an ability to put up points fast, and that's something the Bulls just can't do.
While they do pose a threat to the Heat in the paint with Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer holding down the fort, the Heat have proved that they know how to win without interior production on the boards.
There's no doubt that the Bulls have the defensive capacity to slow the Heat down, they just can't score at a pace to be competitive with Miami.
Even if Rose comes back a week or so before the playoffs, it won't be enough time for him to be ready to slow down the Heat. He couldn't do it at 100 percent health, and he certainly couldn't do it coming off a season rehabbing a torn ACL.
First-Round Prediction (without Rose)—4-0 First-Round Series Sweep
First-Round Prediction (with Rose)—4-1 First-Round Series Win