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STATE OF THE FRANCHISE
Chicago had another solid season in 2011-12, going 50-16 in the lockout shortened campaign, and entered the playoffs as a strong candidate to meet the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. All those hopes came to a crashing and abrupt end, when, with a bit over a minute left in a Game 1 win over Philadelphia, Derrick Rose tore his left ACL on what looked to be a routine jump-stop. The Bulls' season and playoff hopes were over as Chicago bowed out in the opening round in six games to the 76ers.
Chicago blazed through the season, opening the year 7-1 and did not lose four games in any month until April, when they went 8-5. The team was mainly carried by Rose, when he was healthy, as only two other players averaged 15 points, but Chicago won games by grinding teams down defensively and then capitalizing on chances created by their defe
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