Bulls Said Goodbye To The Playoffs

Michael GibbonsCorrespondent IIApril 7, 2010

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The Bulls season ended last night.

Last night was their chance. There chance to pull even with the Raptors and make Sunday's matchup even bigger.

But they blew it losing to the John Salmons lead Bucks.

With 5 games left and 1 game remaining against the Raptors who they trail by 1 game for the 8th spot in the East, it is over. Last night the Raptors lost to Lebron James and the Cavs who will face the 8th place team in the first round of the playoffs. But the game wasn't the only thing they lost. All-star Chris Bosh, received an elbow to the face last night by Jamison, may also be lost for the rest of the season.

So with 5 games left for both teams and the Raps losing their best player how could the season be over. Let's look at the schedule

First the Raptors who are playing the Celtics tonight without Bosh will have 4 games remaining after tonight. Let's assume they lose tonight as well as Friday against the Hawks. Then they play the Bulls in Toronto on Sunday then wrap up the season a week from today against the Knicks. So let's say they finish 2-3 or maybe 1-4 which gives them a final win total of 39 or 40 wins.

Now the Bulls schedule. They play the 1st place Cavs and unless Lebron sits out that is a L. Then they play the Nets in New Jersey on Saturday before playing the Raps Sunday. They then play Boston Tuesday and play Charlotte Wednesday to wrap up the season. Charlotte might have nothing to play for so that might be a W and let's hope they can beat the lowly Nets. Unless Boston has nothing to play for I assume all their stars to play since they trail Atlanta by just 1 game for 3rd. That just leaves the Raptors game let's assume they can win so they finish 3-2 but maybe 2-3. They could also finish with either 39 or 40 wins.

It looks like it is neck and neck right? Not really.

Not only do the Bulls trail Raptors they also lost the tiebreaker no matter the outcome of Sunday's game. So tieing the Raptors isn't enough they have to surpass them. The only way they could make it is by finishing 3-2 while the Boshless Raptors finish 1-4 giving them 40 wins and Toronto only 39.

I guess it still might be possible but extremely doubtful. Like I have been saying since the Portland game the season is over and they won't be making the playoffs.

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