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How far can the Bulls advance without Rose?

Team is deep and tough

K.C. Johnson

Chicago Tribune

The Bulls will lose to the Heat in six games in the Eastern Conference finals. Yes, playoff basketball is different than regular-season play. However, the Bulls went 18-9 without Rose this season, have a much deeper offensive team and C.J. Watson has played well when given extended minutes.

Plus, one of the team's biggest strengths — big-man depth — remains intact. And playoff games are won with defense and rebounding. They also are won with stars, and the Bulls don't have one anymore.

But coach Tom Thibodeau isn't given enough credit for his offensive acumen. This team is deep,...