Bulls eliminated from playoff contention after Pacers’ win over the Nets

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Fred Hoiberg and Jimmy Butler talk on the sidelines during a game in the 2015-2016 season.

CHICAGO – Fred Hoiberg said he would do what he could to check out some of the game. Jimmy Butler wasn’t as sure if he would take a peek.

Maybe it was best to have done what Jimmy did, because there was little good for the Bulls to see at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Sunday.

Needing a loss by the Pacers to the Nets to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, the Bulls didn’t have much chance to keep hope alive early Sunday evening.

Indiana took a 20 point lead after the first quarter and led Brooklyn by as much as 30 points before picking up a 129-105 win that clinched their spot in the 2016 NBA Playoffs.

The victory officially knocked the Bulls out of the playoffs for the first time since the 2007-2008 season, ending a string of seven-straight postseason appearances.

Only a .500 record is a goal left for the Bulls team as they play their final two games of the season Monday in New Orleans and at home against the Sixers on Wednesday. The Bulls are 40-40 after a victory last night over the Cavaliers at the United Center.

At least the Bulls will get a lottery selection after missing the playoffs this season. The last time that happened they drew the No. 1 pick and selected then Memphis guard Derrick Rose.