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The Bulls only have four regular season games left. They play at Cleveland tomorrow, at Orlando on Sunday, at the New York Knicks next Tuesday, and at home to close out the seayson next Wednesday.
Currently, the Chicago Bulls have the best record in the East and second best record in the NBA. Miami and Boston trail the Bulls by four games.
The Bulls went 2-2 against the Celtics this season, and went 3-0 against the Heat.
Here are four reasons why the Chicago Bulls can make a deep playoff run:
1. They play as a team, and are unselfish.
Derrick Rose is having an MVP season, but he hasn’t had to carry the load. Rose averages 25.1 points per game, 7.9 assists per game, and 4.2 rebounds per game. He only averages 3.4 turnovers per game, and 1.6 fouls per game. Shoots 44% from the field, 85% from the free throw line, and 33% from three point line.
His teammates have been a great supporting cast as well. Rose, Carlos Boozer, and Joakim Noah have been the Big Three for this team, and Luol Deng and Kyle Korver play great supporting cast members. Boozer and Deng both average 17.7 and 17.6 points per game respectively, while Noah averages 11.9, and Korver 8.2 ppg. Noah is a great rebounder, as he averages 10.8 per game. Boozer averages 9.5 rpg. Korver is a great three point shooter, as he is 42% from beyond the arc. Deng is having a great year, as he has really stepped up for the Bulls, and made the Bulls consistent.
2. The Bulls have a bench the contributes consistently.
All teams that have won NBA titles just don’t have a great starting five, but a consistent bench that contributes every night.
The Bulls have gotten that from its bench. Rose, Boozer, Deng, and Noah all play over 30 minutes a game, but when they aren’t in, another player has stepped right in.
Taj Gibson has been the best coming off the bench. He averages 7.1 ppg, and 5.7 rpg. Ronnie Brewer, C.J. Watson, Keith Bogans, and Kurt Thomas have also been key to the Bulls success.Brewer averages 6.2 ppg, and 3.2 rpg, while Bogans, Thomas, and Watson average four points a game. Watson contributes 2.2 apg. Thomas gives the Bulls five rebounds per game.
Rasual Butler a late season pick-up has came in and contributed as well.
Gibson, Brewer, and Thomas all average 20 minutes a game coming off the bench for the Bulls.
3. Tom Thibodeau has been a great head coach and leader for the Bulls.
In his rookie year of coaching, Thibodeau has done a great job coaching the Bulls. Coaching under Doc Rivers in Boston helped a lot and it has shown and turned into success for the young coach. Not to mention he has seen the Celtics have success when he was assistant coach there, and knows what it takes to win in the playoffs.
Thibodeau has gotten along great with his players, and handled situations very good as well.
Thibodeau has a great defensive mind and knows how to let his players take over games.
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4. The Bulls have everything clicking at the the right time.
The Bulls are a consistent team. They appear to have everything clicking right now.
They are great at home at the United Center, although they do need to get better on the road. Their home record is 35-5 and are 23-15 on the road. They will for sure have home court advantage in the playoffs, as they have certainly wrapped up the number one seed in the East.
The Bulls have great depth, and are primed for a run in the NBA playoffs.
They shoot great from the free throw line, which is a great attribute for a team to have in the playoffs. They also have great shooters. Rose shoots 44%, Boozer shoots 52%, Deng shoots 46%, Noah shoots 53%, and Korver shoots 44% from the field. Gibson and Brewer shoot over 40% as well, and Thomas shoots over 50%.
Another great statistic I love about this team, is they don’t turn the ball over very much. They only average 14.09 turnovers a game.
The Bulls also only average 20 fouls a game, which is great and means that their players are smart and want to do everything it takes to win games.
The Chicago Bulls have been fun to watch this season and we can only hope that it will continue to get better with a hopeful deep playoff run!