We all look for reducing explanations, and so with the Bulls' first-round flameout against the Sixers, the explanation everyone offers is "No Rose, no Noah, no chance."
I'm not sure it's that simple. For starters, the Bulls lost Game 2 soundly even with Noah. Moreover, there's this little nugget: The Bulls, without Rose and Noah, were +210 in 1,048 minutes this season, according to NBA.com -- a shockingly good +9.6 points per 48 minutes. The Sixers, with everybody, were +3.9.