Sizing up Bulls' playoff chances

Mar 22, 2009 Read more: Chicago Tribune 31
Vinny Del Negro began calling his team unpredictable as far back as training camp, so give the Bulls rookie coach credit for prescience. Read more
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CentrILMark

AOL

#23 Mar 23, 2009
It's hard to regard the Bulls as a 'playoff' team when they are several games below .500. Prior to the very weak East, it seemed a little funny when just .500 ballclubs were getting in.

The irony is that half the Bulls are playoff worthy as in offensive game, but the more important playoff component of Defense is terribly lacking with Del Negro's poor 'system?' But if they get in, I think Derrick, Salmons, and the offense could be fun to watch as a preview of the future. Plus Rose deserves the(playoff) experience for doing a great job as a rookie point guard with top seven statistics for rookie points of all time(since stats like assits have been kept).
CentrILMark

AOL

#24 Mar 23, 2009
assists
Stephen

Houston, TX

#25 Mar 23, 2009
tee wrote:
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Yes, you make a great point - 8 teams make the playoffs. The point is that the team has a below .500 wining percentage in an awful conference, and cannot buy a road win. They would have, at best, 25 wins if playing in the Western Conference.
Very frustrating season in terms of high draft picks not developing; clearly not a 'playoff caliber' team.
Well, they are 17-13 against the west this year. Who knows how that would translate over the course of the season.

High draft picks not developing? Derrick Rose is the best player on the Bulls and he has developed into one of the best PG in the NBA. He will probably be rookie of the year too.

However, you are correct in that the Bulls are a horrible road team and they play terrible defense. Over the course of the season, the record speaks for itself. They are not very good, but they deserve to be in the playoffs if they have at least the 8th best record.
Deep Dish

United States

#26 Mar 23, 2009
Why even try making the playoffs their just gonna get knocked out first round and get completely embarrassed. They should just save themselves the embarrassment and go for a better draft pick.

I also hope they don't sign Gordon unless it's like a 4 year 15 million contract and he does what he does best and that's coming off the bench.

Otherwise this core group of girls stink!!! Bad..........
meatman

Bryans Road, MD

#27 Mar 23, 2009
Deep Dish wrote:
Why even try making the playoffs their just gonna get knocked out first round and get completely embarrassed. They should just save themselves the embarrassment and go for a better draft pick.
I also hope they don't sign Gordon unless it's like a 4 year 15 million contract and he does what he does best and that's coming off the bench.
Otherwise this core group of girls stink!!! Bad..........
Agree with you big time on BG,thought I do not think this draft is good enough to just drop games.Rose getting a taste of the playoff intensity and expeireince will be a good and positive thing for his first year.
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#28 Mar 23, 2009
Ehlo Eats Foot wrote:
Man, the first round matchup could be awesome between the Bulls and the Cavs. This is 1989 all over again when Jordan elevated across the lane and knocked down that shot on Ehlo. Man, I am excited to see those two go at it again!
Is this Bloomie Kool-Aid?
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#29 Mar 23, 2009
Jody wrote:
Oh! And if Luol Deng wants his starting spot back, do it the Ben Gordon way. Quit whining, man up, and for God's sake, BRING IT!!! Bulls can do it IF Rose, Gordon, Salmons, and Deng play the way they're capable of. No matter who's starting.
Gordon whined his way back into the lineup.
Where were you?
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#30 Mar 23, 2009
Stephen wrote:
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Well, they are 17-13 against the west this year. Who knows how that would translate over the course of the season.
High draft picks not developing? Derrick Rose is the best player on the Bulls and he has developed into one of the best PG in the NBA. He will probably be rookie of the year too.
However, you are correct in that the Bulls are a horrible road team and they play terrible defense. Over the course of the season, the record speaks for itself. They are not very good, but they deserve to be in the playoffs if they have at least the 8th best record.
Do ya' think the NBA will allow the Bulls to play in the Western Conference playoffs to start?
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#31 Mar 23, 2009
What ever happened to Bloomie Kool-Aid?
jgoods

Peoria, IL

#32 Mar 24, 2009
i would like d rose to get some playoff exp
GO BULLS!!!
james

Hillsboro, OH

#33 Mar 26, 2009
why did the bulls change they name

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