Bulls season feels like a step back

CHICAGO -- There were moments Monday night when Game 4 of the Chicago Bulls' second-round playoff series against the Miami Heat felt like just another regular season contest only, well, worse.

Waiting for the rally that never came; for the appearance of a Bulls' star (in this case Luol Deng) that simply wasn't to be; for something, anything, to tell us in which direction this team was headed.

What it felt was ultimately unsatisfying, not unlike this Bulls season.

While their 2012-13 campaign will deservedly go down as one of overachievement, of another masterful coaching job by Tom Thibodeau, of an inspirational display of effort, it will also leave fans with the most bitter of sports' aftertastes -- the dreaded "What if?"

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