MIAMI -- Joakim Noah is dealing with a bad foot that won't heal until next season. Taj Gibson is battling a knee injury that will limit him. Derrick Rose hasn't slammed the door on the matter but it sure seems like he'll wait until next season to return.
And Sunday the Chicago Bulls lost to the Miami Heat 105-93 for their sixth loss in their last 10, knocking them a full game behind the Atlanta Hawks and into the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. That means a likely first-round match with the Indiana Pacers, who beat them three out of four times this season, and not the Brooklyn Nets, who the Bulls beat three out of four.