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Report: Joakim Noah out for Game 5, Bulls in heap of trouble

May 7, 2012, 7:50 AM EDT

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Sorry Bulls’ fans, But Game 5 against the 76ers Tuesday could look a lot like Game 4, just with different logos on the floor. And that’s not good.

Joakim Noah will be out for Game 5 Tuesday due to his ankle sprain, reports K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune (via CSNChicago.com). The Bulls trail the 76ers 3-1 in that best of seven series.

All season, we kept talking about how the Bulls embodied “team.” And that is true. Up to a point. But the fact of the matter is talent wins at all levels of basketball and all the beautiful sets and crisp execution in the world can’t make up for a massive talent disparity.

Put simply, if you take two All-Stars off any team, they get much worse. Or try this with any team — take the best perimeter and best interior player off the court and what do you have?

Chicago was in serious trouble when Derrick Rose went down with a torn ACL at the end of Game 1, but most thought they could still power through this series. But the combination of Bulls injuries and the Sixers getting back to the ball movement and execution they had early in the season has swung this series toward Philly. That and Spencer Hawes playing well again.

It’s just not been the Bulls playoffs.

  1. ihateclevelandandphillyandbaltimore - May 7, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    Oh well

  2. dadawg77 - May 7, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Eff Boozer, anyone want to do a Strat for Boozer + cap filler trade?

    • lmoneyfresh - May 7, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      You do realize Boozer was about the only one who showed up in game 4 right? And game 3 for that matter. I’ll take back-to-back double-doubles from him anytime.

      • florida727 - May 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM

        I wonder if Boozer’s critics realize the guy has averaged 18 and 12 in the playoffs for his career? He’s averaging 15 and 8+ in this series. Not enough off his career averages to take shots at the guy. Better pick a new target, sport.

  3. reddolfan66 - May 7, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    It’s over!!

  4. reddolfan66 - May 7, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    It’s over!! Go Heat!!

  5. mungman69 - May 7, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Sixers would have won anyway. Can’t wait for the Celtics to come up with excuses for why they won’t win.

    • kygreen - May 7, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      Long as you’re willing to post your excuses when the ‘Sixers go down, we’re good with that.

    • comeonnowguys - May 8, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      You’re high.

  6. canehouse - May 7, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Bulls are finished.

  7. 16x8equal49ers - May 7, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Its a much easier path for the Heat now. Too bad I was looking forward to Bulls vs Heat rematch all season, but hey thats the beauty of sports.

  8. iowahbr - May 7, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Bulls in a heap of trouble.l Under statement of the year. At least this strike shortened year helped prove one thing. There are so many bad teams in the NBA that a great defense-almost no offense team can make the play-offs and have a great won-lost number to boot. Beyond that not much a chance. Without Rose the Bulls folded like a cheap tent in a strong rain. The real shame is that the surrounding team was built around distinct roles to support Rose and now there is a question mark around that strategy with his injury. I hope the Bulls don’t hide behind all the injuries and fail to realize that a whole list of changes need to be made or next year will be the same result, even if there are no injuries to the current team and everyone returns healthy. A strategy to survive each year to round 2 of the NBA play-offs is not a winning plan.

    Thibs is a great defensive coach but endless pick and roll won’t get you an NBA banner no matter how well you do during the regular season. End of story no matter what happens in game 5.

    • hawksandsawx - May 7, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      Their strategy is not to survive to Round 2, its to win a championship. What team in the league isn’t built around its best player? Take Lebron off Miami, Durant off Philly, Bynum off the Lakers, Rondo off the Celtics, etc. none of those teams win a championship. Don’t criticize an organization for not having a championship team without their best player. When you play sports in Chicago, unfortunately bad luck seems to follow you around, and thats nothing even the best GM can account for

      • pudgalvin - May 7, 2012 at 12:10 PM

        No kidding. How many teams have contingancy plans for an acl tear to their best player? I looked at all the matchups last night and I think there are two teams that make it out of the first round missing their best player against a full strength team (Lakers and Pacers), and none hit the second missing their best and third best player. Winning in the NBA is all about having a superstar with role players around them. When you lose that, you’re not going to win. Imagine the Thunder playing the Mavs without Durant and Ibaka. Or the Heat without Lebron and Bosh. Or the Knicks without Melo and Amare. Nothing you can do to get around it.

      • iowahbr - May 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

        Not sure what NBA you watch. Name a team that has recently had only 1 player below 6’4” who can create his own shot and then went on to win the finals. Rose is great but Boozer, Hamilton, Noah, Deng et. all do well when they can clean up on the holes caused by his drives. Watch them without him and the number of TOs as they pass back and forth looking for as good shot will drive you crazy. Last year it was the Heat, this year injuries and next year I guess it will be your “Chicago” sports curse.

      • pudgalvin - May 7, 2012 at 1:20 PM

        I don’t think anyone believes a healthy Bulls team has a perfect roster, but you can’t just blow up an NBA team and start over. To see the team reach the ECF in really it’s first year as currently constructed and then have there second year derailed by injuries isn’t cause to blow up a roster anyway. Name me one team recently that was put together over night and turned into a championship winner. Even the Heat with 3 of the 25 best basketball players on the planet have taken their lumps.

        As disapointing as this season has turned out (it’s not over, until they lose, you can’t convince me that this team can’t beat Philly three times in a row), take a breath. Rose will be back. Deng will be healthy. Taj is probably a top 15 4, and he doesn’t even start. Joe is turning into a top 10 center. This team is young, deep, and has plenty of assets moving foward (Jimmy Butler will be a player, that guy stashed overseas is supposed to be solid, Bobcats pick in a couple years, cap flexibility. The roster isn’t perfect, but it isn’t deeply flawed either.

      • lmoneyfresh - May 7, 2012 at 1:31 PM

        So iowahbr, what you’re describing is an offense that is without a real pg to run the offense. Watson and JL3 have played like garbage and it shows with the rest of the team. You can’t expect an all-star PG, and leader to go down with an injury an expect the offense to look/perform the same as it did before, with 2nd/3rd string PGs stepping in. It has nothing much to do with Rose himself being a small player. Then throw in Noah getting hurt and Deng’s wrist bothering him and of course you get a stagnant offense.

      • iowahbr - May 7, 2012 at 4:38 PM

        First of all I am a Bulls fan but not one who wears Rose colored glasses 24/7. Right now the difference between Rose and Rondo is that the Bulls need 25 a game from Rose and all the punishment he takes inside or they can’t win against the top 6 teams consistently. Rando can score 3 a night and the Celtics can still win big games against the NBA’s better teams. Are you saying you weren’t watching last year’s Heat-Bulls series. As I remember Rip, the Bull’s solution to 2011 issues, was sitting on the bench at the end of yesterday’s game.

  9. AlohaMrHand - May 7, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Players don’t win championships organizations do…….The curse of Krause and Reinsdorf lives on .

  10. lmoneyfresh - May 7, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Nice to see the trolls are alive and well.

  11. chitownmatt - May 7, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    I wouldn’t write the Bulls out of this series just yet.

    There were some horrible calls and no-calls down the stretch of Game 4 that could have changed things around quite a bit.

    Bulls will take game 5 at home.

  12. mungman69 - May 7, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Durant in Philly?

    • hawksandsawx - May 8, 2012 at 12:32 AM

      then we’d really be screwed, my bad on the typo. And iowa whatever your name is. So what your saying is that rose isn’t good enough to be the best player on a championship team. Because every team needs a guy to score at an elite level to win a championship. Its fine that you aren’t wearing rose (terrible pun btw) colored glasses, but don’t take it out on the rest of the fans who’d like to look at the positives for a team that had a legitimate shot at the title this season. Also your comments are about rip are pointless. The fact is this team was constructed around derrick rose and without him it is unfair to judge the individual pieces

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