Why are the Chicago Bulls failing in the playoffs?

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What has happened to the Chicago Bulls?

In the space of a week, they've gone from a fearsome side that the Brooklyn Nets wanted to avoid so much that they purposely lost their last couple of games, to a team that looks like being swept in the first round of the post-season by the Washington Wizards.

The Wizards aren't a side many expected to go far in the playoffs this year but the Bulls are making them look like a team that could give the reigning champs the Miami Heat a run for their money in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Bulls have been found out and to be honest, we really should have all seen it coming.

Ever since Derrick Rose went down and Luol Deng left for the Cavs, the Bulls surged on team spirit and the sheer power and intensity of Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson and DJ Augustin.

The thing is however, that grit and determination can only take you so far. And when you meet a team that knows how to deal with it, well you're getting swept just like the Bulls.

Noah and co used their physical dominance to emasculate opposition on defense. But the Wizards are matching them on the boards and in the paint, with Nene and Marcin Gortat putting up the kind of fight no other sides showed during the closing stages of the regular season.

And when two sides big guys are equally matched you turn to the outside. And this is where the Wizards are stealing the show. 

DJ Augustin is a solid point guard, and is putting up a great fight as Rose's replacement. He hit 25 last night in the close loss but he is fighting a losing battle on his own against the skill and speed of John Wall and Bradley Beal, two All-Star quality players that are running away with this series, nailing 16 and 26 points last night respectively.

Only three teams have dropped Games 1 and 2 at home and won a series: the 1968-69 Lakers, 1993-94 Rockets and the 2004-05 Milwaukee Bucks. The Bulls are going to need to do something spectacular if they want don't want their season to end next week.

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