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What Do Derrick Rose & The Chicago Bulls Need To Do To Beat LeBron James In The NBA Playoffs?

Submitted by on May 16, 2015 – 10:10 amNo Comment
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On Thursday night, the Chicago Bulls lost to LeBron James in the NBA Playoffs. Again. It’s kind of turning into a tradition for them at this point. They put together a tremendous regular season, get themselves a solid seed in the postseason, and then…BOOM! They run right into LeBron and find themselves going home much earlier than they had planned. In recent years, the Bulls found themselves on the receiving end of beatdowns from the Miami Heat. But now that LeBron is running with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time, Chicago lost to LeBron as a Cavalier this season. And once again, it really, really hurts.

The problem is that the Bulls don’t really have a lot of options when it comes to trying to figure out how to get past LeBron. At the moment, they have a superstar in Derrick Rose on their team, they have All-Star players like Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler on their team, and they even have a lot of solid role players like an aging Pau Gasol on their team. Their younger guys are good, too. So it’s not like they haven’t tried to put together a roster that can take on LeBron in the playoffs. They have—and they’ve still been unable to do it. LeBron is just too good right now for the Bulls to beat.

So where should the Bulls go from here? The truth is that they’re probably going to have to take some sort of extreme measures this offseason. That might mean firing their head coach Tom Thibodeau and bringing in a new voice in the locker room. It might mean trying to trade away Rose, who just hasn’t been able to stay healthy for a full season. It might even mean trying to part ways with guys like Noah or Butler, who is a restricted free agent, in order to mix things up. But whatever the case, the Bulls need to do something and they need to do something fast. Otherwise, their window of opportunity is going to close and they’re going to be stuck on the outside looking in as LeBron makes a series of trips to the NBA Finals over the next few years.

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