The Chicago Bulls Have Officially Been Eliminated From the Playoffs

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The Chicago Bulls Have Officially Been Eliminated From the Playoffs

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 Hello, darkness my old friend … 

With the Washington Wizards beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-105, the Chicago Bulls have officially been eliminated from the playoffs. It will be the 4th-straight season the franchise has missed the playoffs, their longest such streak since the 1998-99 season to the 2003-04 season.

Considering we knew the Wizards had to lose out for the Bulls to have a chance, this outcome always felt on the horizon. While Washington has hit some speed bumps recently, their final two games were against a tanking Cavaliers team and Hornets squad that had already clinched a playoff spot. Chicago would have also had to win each of their remaining games, which felt hard to come by with the Nets and Bucks left on the schedule. Brooklyn also announced on Friday that they expected Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and James Harden to all suit up together for only the 8th time this season as they fight to keep the No. 2 seed.

The final play-in tournament push was fun and all, but I truly lack any kind of sad feeling as I write this post. In fact, if anything, I’m excited. I’ve been looking forward to the offseason since the Bulls crushed a good chunk of my hopes back on April 14th with a horrendous loss to the Orlando Magic. Now, we get to think about the changes that will come out way over the coming months, and if the trade deadline was any indication of what is to come, there will be a lot of it.

Anyway, here some offseason-related posts to wet your whistle, if you’re interested:

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.