Of all the injuries the Bulls endured in a series defined by attrition, nothing exceeded the pain and suffering of watching the 76ers celebrate as confetti fell onto the floor. Nothing could have hurt worse than knowing they lost to a team with less talent and experience. Nothing tortures an athlete more than this question: What might have been?
The Bulls and their fans will ask that often during the longest of summers.
What might have been if Derrick Rose hadn't torn an ACL? What might have been if Joakim Noah hadn't twisted an ankle in Game 3? What might have been if Deng had two good hands or hadn't been hit in the nose hard enough in the first quarter of Game 6 to require stitches and get knocked out of rhythm? What might have been if officials hadn't waved off Gibson's 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left on the shot clock upon review — the correct call — to increase the 76ers' halftime lead from five to eight?