Chicago Bulls: The Quest To Finish Above .500

February 17th, 2010 by Christopher Murphy Leave a reply »
Let's say this Chicago Bulls' team stays the way it is, even though they need to get rid of at least one of their big contracts to be a player in 2010. The Bulls are going to need a lot to go right in order to achieve anything other than an eighth seed.

First and foremost, the Bulls are going to need Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose to stay healthy. The game against the Orland Magic before the All-Star break was a glimpse into a Noah and Rose-less Bulls' team.

It was not pretty.

Noah will not be traveling to New York to face the Knicks Wednesday either, which means he will be missing his sixth straight game due to plantar fasciitis, something most people can't pronounce nor identify.

The Bulls started off the final 31 games on the right foot (pun not intended for Noah) Tuesday, beating a bad Knicks team 118-85 by shooting 60 percent from the field (the starters were 36-for-53) and moving back to .500. However, the Bulls are still not hitting anything from outside the three-point line, nor is the team getting to the free-throw line.

The Bulls only shot 13 free throws and were 5-for-13 from three-point range.

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