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Heat Vs. Bulls, Game 5: Omer Asik Injury Rules Big Man Out

The Bulls' season-long commitment to great defense made them the best team in the Eastern Conference in the regular season. But that fantastic defense was also predicated on a rotation of big men that included Omer Asik, and it will be without him in Game 5 in Chicago.

Our Bulls blog, Blog-a-Bull, says Asik is out for the season with a broken fibula, which he tried to play on in Game 4. Asik tallied just two minutes in Game 4, took no shots, and committed two fouls; his plus/minus for that short span was a staggering minus-nine.

So, no, that didn't really work for Chicago, but neither did playing Carlos Boozer for as long as Tom Thibodeau did; perhaps that means the Bulls will use Taj Gibson more in Game 5.

Be sure to check out our Heat vs. Bulls hub for full series coverage. For more on the Bulls, visit Blog a Bull and SB Nation Chicago. For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier.