08:14 AM ET 12.01 | Derrick Rose, the NBA's MVP, appeared to have lost steam as the Bulls' title hopes sputtered on their way through Miami. Come April, the endgame will be the same: The Bulls will be the best team in the Eastern Conference. They'll be the best defensive team, they'll have the deepest frontcourt, all while boasting the most exciting player in the NBA. Maybe the world. No ifs, ands or buts. One problem: That doesn't earn you a ring. As they are constructed today, the Bulls are elite in many ways. But they are not LeBron-proof, and unless chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is willing to incur a hit with the luxury tax, they will once again fall to the Miami Heat when it matters most.