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Aftermath of Bulls First-Round Loss to Celtics

Bulls lose four straight game to lose in NBA Playoffs to Celtics. So what's next?

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Donald Carlson, Staff Writer

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After jumping out to a 2-0 playoff series lead, the eight-seeded Chicago Bulls got some devastating news. Rajon Rondo, who had led the Bulls in the first two games of the series, had a fractured right thumb. Rondo was unable to return for the rest of the series and the Bulls would go on to lose four straight games to the first-seeded Boston Celtics, who took full advantage of the situation. Whether it would have been a different story had Rondo not gotten hurt is something we may never know.

This series loss has lead many to question what the Bulls should do next. They have two options essentially and that is to keep the core group of players together or blow it up. Dwyane Wade has a $23.8 million player option for next year and the Bulls have a team option on Rondo with a $3 million buyout.

Jimmy Butler is under contract through the 2019-20 season, but has been in trade talks at least twice over the last year. Butler wants to remain in Chicago and said he hopes Rondo and Wade return as well. Butler also endorsed the young role players on the team saying, “I have a lot of faith in those young guys. They work. They listen. They don’t complain. They do what you ask them to do. That’s all you can expect.”

It’s not just the players though. Management and coaching deserve more blame for the outcome of this series and several questionable roster moves over this season, resulting in a lack of depth that could of helped the Bulls win this series.

The Bulls need someone who can get them over the hump in the Eastern Conference and while they have a great player in Jimmy Butler, only time will tell whether he can do that or not. The Bulls organization will have to make a lot of tough decisions this offseason and I really hope they make the right ones.

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