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Derrick Rose's Failure to Return Handcuffed Bulls Offense in NBA Playoffs

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 10:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls watches from the bench as his teammates take on the Miami Heat in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on May 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Heat defeated the Bulls 104-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMay 15, 2013

The Chicago Bulls needed all the help they could get against the defending champions in the Eastern Conference semifinals this season.

Unfortunately for them, former MVP Derrick Rose never showed up...literally.

Rose, who tore his ACL in the first round of the playoffs last year, had been cleared by doctors in March, but he elected to be cautious with the injury, failing to return to the hardwood at any point during the season.

The result? The Bulls—who also saw the banged-up Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng miss Game 5—ended up shooting 39 percent for the series as they fell to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in five games. They averaged 84.2 points in those five games.

While uplifting players such as Nate Robinson and second-year pro Jimmy Butler rose to meet the challenge against the Heat during the playoffs, Rose was nowhere to be found on the court.

Even Wade, who had a gruesome knee injury, suited up for the Heat on Wednesday, posting 18 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals in the 94-91 victory.

Rose became a punchline throughout the season, and that didn't end after the Game 5 loss.

Eric Stangel, executive producer and writer for Late Show with David Letterman, tweeted after the game:

Marcel Mutoni of SlamOnline.com added:

And Awful Announcing referenced the Heats fan who became a cult sensation after his words following the Heat's loss to the Boston Celtics in the 2012 playoffs:

Rose was sorely needed against a Miami team that held opponents to 44 percent shooting during the regular season and 41 percent shooting in the playoffs before Game 5 on Wednesday. But a man who instantly became one of Chicago's most popular figures during his first four seasons in the league has now become a scapegoat.

The city is left applauding those who gave their all for the Bulls this season, torn between loving and hating the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft.

 

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