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5 Things Holding the Chicago Bulls Back From Championship Contention

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5 Things Holding the Chicago Bulls Back From Championship Contention

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The Chicago Bulls used to be serious contenders for the NBA Championship, but due to a series of problems, their hopes have passed away in recent years. Now, a one-time great team has had their championship contention put into severe question. Chicago has all the gears in place to go far in the playoffs, but they have more than a few nagging problems weighing them down.

The Bulls were just a couple of games away from reaching the NBA Finals in the 2010-11 season, but they lost to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Since then, their championship potential has slowly faded away as pieces of the original team have moved on and injuries have harmed key players.

Winning a few close games or ending the season with a great record is meaningless if it does not lead to the championship. Chicago needs to resolve its problems as soon as possible if they seek to re-gain their status as one of the best teams in the NBA, but this would take hard work from everyone on the Bulls from the team management to the players on the court.

If there is something positive that can be gained from all this, it's that none of these problems are insurmountable. Most of these problems are getting the due attention from the team’s management and the media, suggesting that they're are not going to be swept under the rug. But time is of the essence. The sooner these issues are resolved, the better.

Here are the top 5 things keeping the Bulls out of championship contention.

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5. Weak Offense

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The Bulls have one of the best defensive floor plans in the league, but their offensive setup needs some work. The biggest pain Chicago has to deal with is the lack of an offensive threat outside of star Derrick Rose. The Bulls definitely need to find a consistent scoring guard this season.

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4. Bench Mob 3.0 Needs Some Work

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The days of the “Bench Mob” are long gone. The few remnants of what used to be the most threatening secondary squad in the league are just not enough to get the job done. While Taj Gibson and D.J. Augustin are superb athletes, it takes more than that to make a strong backup crew.

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3. The Miami Heat

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Even at their best, Chicago still needs to come up with an efficient plan to deal with the Miami Heat, a team which has been a speed-bump to them for the past couple of years. However, it appears as if the Heat have lost a few steps this year with Dwyane Wade’s recent injuries being a setback for the team. Additionally, rumors have floated of a break-up of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Wade this coming offseason. Hopefully Miami's collapse will help propel Chicago back into the top tier in the East.

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2. Team Chemistry

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Chicago has a very fluid team mentality that they put to good use on the floor every night, but there have been sprinkles of unrest behind the scenes for a while now. Recently, Carlos Boozer has ruffled some feathers with his complaints of lack of minutes during the end of close games.

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1. Injuries

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The injuries that have plagued the team are the number one hurdle the Bulls have had to face in the past two years. Injuries to Rose have severely hampered the team’s forward momentum, but injuries have been occurring in abundance to almost everyone else on the team as well. Some place the blame on coach Tom Thibodeau for overplaying stars in needless situations.