With LeBron James and the Miami Heat one game from winning the NBA championship, a nightmarish postseason keeps getting worse for Bulls fans.
Derrick Rose's devastating injury in the playoff opener against the 76ers not only ruined the Bulls chances of winning the NBA championship, but put their immediate future as a contender in doubt.
After watching the Heat struggle to beat the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics in the playoffs, it's hard to not think the Bulls would have beaten the Chris Bosh-less Heat in the Eastern Conference finals. (Though a scenario your team is completely healthy while their team has a significant injury is asking for a lot from the basketball gods.)
And the NBA Finals series between the Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder, while thoroughly entertaining, has been particularly difficult to digest in Chicago. Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, heretofore the next-best thing to Derrick Rose in the NBA, is rising to the top with a stellar series. His one-man, virtuoso performance in Game 4 -- 43 points on 20-of-32 shooting in a 104-98 loss -- left Rose in the dust and evoked memories of Michael Jordan's best NBA Finals performances.