The Bulls' Slim Title Hopes Are Finished

Joakim Noah

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Nothing is going right for the Chicago Bulls these playoffs.First, they lost Derrick Rose for the remainder of the year when he tore his ACL in Game 1 of their first round series against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Bulls won that game anyway, but lost the next three and find themselves in a difficult 3-1 hole.

Now comes news that Joakim Noah will sit out Game 5 Tuesday with an ankle sprain.

Chicago played well without Rose during the regular season, but losing one of the NBA’s top five players AND your best post player makes things nearly impossible.

Noah was averaging 15 points and 9 rebounds during this series.

And it all comes while the eighth-seeded 76ers have found their groove. Philadelphia has held Chicago to a meager 82.7 points per game the last three games. Additionally, centre Spencer Hawes has gone on a tear the last two games, averaging 21.5 points and 8.5 rebounds.

With Noah out there’s no one to stop Hawes in Game 5.

2012 was supposed to be a big year for the Bulls, as they were going to learn from their mistakes against Miami last season and get to the NBA Finals.

Now those dreams are all but lost.

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