Setting Realistic Expectations for Chicago Bulls' 2013 Playoff Run

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Setting Realistic Expectations for Chicago Bulls' 2013 Playoff Run
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Will Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer lead the Bulls deep into the playoffs?

Despite a slew of injuries, the Chicago Bulls have still comprised one of the better records in the Eastern Conference. 

But, do they have enough firepower to make a deep playoff run? What should their expectations be for the 2013 Playoffs?

This question is largely dependent upon health, namely 2010-11 MVP Derrick Rose. If Rose returns, the Bulls suddenly become a legitimate contender who is capable of ousting anybody.

According to ESPN's Nick Friedell, Rose has yet to rule out a return. Yet, with limited games left in the regular season, it's seeming less and less likely that Rose will be in uniform come playoff time. In this slideshow, we will assume Rose will be absent from Chicago's rotation. 

The Rose-less Bulls have still been a competitive bunch throughout 2012-13, though. They've notched some eye-popping wins against elite opponents, including two wins over the star-studded Miami Heat.

On the other hand, they've also registered some perplexing losses, losing to weak opponents (i.e. Charlotte Bobcats, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings) regularly. 

Therefore, their playoff potential is rather difficult to gauge. The following slides chart realistic expectations for the fickle Bulls. Which squad will show up once the playoffs tip off? 

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