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This issue is a baffling one because nobody really knows the answer.
Chicago's past two playoff runs have been disrupted due to injuries. Therefore, we honestly don't have an accurate gauge of where the Bulls stand against the Miami Heat.
Truthfully, they might be closer to dethroning the Heat than we realize. In the three years since the "Big Three" have been together, the Bulls have consistently played the Heat tough in the regular season.
If the Bulls would've been at full strength in the past two playoffs, there's no telling how they would've fared.
Quite frankly, there's every reason to believe the Bulls could've taken the Heat to seven games and potentially ousted them this season. With the emergence of Jimmy Butler and Chicago's ability to dominate the rebounding margin, the Bulls appear to have the ingredients for an upset.
If the Bulls meet the Heat in the playoffs next year, a starting five of Rose, Butler, Deng, Boozer and Noah can certainly do damage against the boys from South Beach. Some argue that Chicago still needs another superstar, but we really don't know that. Perhaps the Bulls have matured and assembled just the right mix of players to vault to the NBA pinnacle.
Hopefully next year provides the answer to this matter, because it would be heavily frustrating if this question hangs in the air for yet another offseason.