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Kblaze8855 01-25-2008 06:28 AM

After all this the Bulls are a half game out of the playoffs?
 
Game and a half behind the 7th seed? Bobcats up next.

And the Nets play in Denver next. The Pacers play the Heat though and the Hawks Seattle so they may have wins there.

Bulls could be 7th or 8th in like 3 days or just as easily be 10th.

Point isnt that they are going to go up. Just that they have slowly climbed back up playing (barely)over .500 ball the last 2 months. Its going 3-9 in december that has the record so bad.

Kirk was hurt and has mostly played the worst ball of his career. Noc was hurt. Deng was(and is hurt). Ben just missed a game. But the season is long. The season is really really long.

Last 15 games Ben is scoring 23ppg on 48% shooting and 46% from 3(and still leading the NBA in Ft shooting for the year around 92). Kirk looking more like himself and just played the best game of his career. Noc put up 18 a game in January and Joe Smith 15. And Deng is still hurt.

How often does December really show all there is to know about a team? Rare. But people always act like it does. Im not saying the Bulls will be a great or even good team team by the playoffs. Im not even saying for sure they make the playoffs. But I am saying the Bulls are never the same team in March and April that they were in December. Terrible starts. Just how it is.

I never worry about records in December and really...not january either. Bulls might end up 13th or 14th. But in the NBA its always too early to give up in December. And if they do get to 7 or 8 and play the Celtics or Pistons I wont be bothered. Gotta beat the best to do anything that matters anyway. If you cant beat them in round 1 you wouldnt beat them in the ECF anyway.

Get well Deng. Need a good run...

poeticism707 01-25-2008 08:47 AM

Re: After all this the Bulls are a half game out of the playoffs?
 
Theoretically, Skiles could have kept his job since all the Bulls had to do was win 1/10 games practically to get back in the playoff race in the East.

Da KO King 01-25-2008 09:55 AM

Re: After all this the Bulls are a half game out of the playoffs?
 
Benefits of playing in the East. This season has been awful for the EC. It's looking the the 8th seed in the playoffs will be a 35 win team.

kidachi 01-25-2008 10:04 AM

Re: After all this the Bulls are a half game out of the playoffs?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Da KO King
Benefits of playing in the East. This season has been awful for the EC. It's looking the the 8th seed in the playoffs will be a 35 win team.



yeah. In MJ's 2nd year, Bulls made the playoffs with a 32-50 record. ooooh.

knickscity 01-25-2008 10:08 AM

Re: After all this the Bulls are a half game out of the playoffs?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by kidachi
yeah. In MJ's 2nd year, Bulls made the playoffs with a 32-50 record. ooooh.


Crazy ain't it???

dejordan 01-25-2008 11:05 AM

Re: After all this the Bulls are a half game out of the playoffs?
 
the balance of power in the mid-80s was like that. the strongest teams were really stacked but the rest of the league was hurting for experienced, talented cores with chemistry.

poeticism707 01-25-2008 11:14 AM

Re: After all this the Bulls are a half game out of the playoffs?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by kidachi
yeah. In MJ's 2nd year, Bulls made the playoffs with a 32-50 record. ooooh.


Nice post. Very interesting.

chains5000 01-25-2008 11:26 AM

Re: After all this the Bulls are a half game out of the playoffs?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by kidachi
yeah. In MJ's 2nd year, Bulls made the playoffs with a 32-50 record. ooooh.

Didn't he have a serious injury that year?

dejordan 01-25-2008 11:31 AM

Re: After all this the Bulls are a half game out of the playoffs?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by poeticism707
Nice post. Very interesting.

mike missed almost that whole season with an ankle injury came back in time to help them get a string of wins at the end of the season and the 8th seed and then set a playoff record for points in a game against the eventual champion celtics that year.

i haven't poured over bulls stats in a while, but if i recall there were actually 4 or 5 50 win teams in the east that year including the 67 win celts. huge disparity in talent. i think the bulls were way below the 7th seed in wins too. not sure if the 7th seed was at .500, but they were way better than the chicago (sans mj) bulls.

Lebron23 01-25-2008 11:37 AM

Re: After all this the Bulls are a half game out of the playoffs?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by chains5000
Didn't he have a serious injury that year?


Jordan's second season was cut short by a broken foot which caused him to miss 64 games, but in the same season he scored a playoff record 63 points against the Legendary Boston Celtics.

bdreason 01-25-2008 12:15 PM

Re: After all this the Bulls are a half game out of the playoffs?
 
You don't even have to play .500 ball to make the playoffs in the East.

ForceOfNature 01-25-2008 12:41 PM

Re: After all this the Bulls are a half game out of the playoffs?
 
Welcome to the East.

RidonKs 01-25-2008 12:47 PM

Re: After all this the Bulls are a half game out of the playoffs?
 
My least favourite line whenever I'm watching a game is when a team has seemingly dominated a half, and one of the commentators says something along the lines of "and even after all that, the ________ only find themselves down __. Doug Collins does it the most. Ugh.

This reminded me of that.

Kblaze8855 01-25-2008 03:24 PM

Re: After all this the Bulls are a half game out of the playoffs?
 
How many did the Knicks when as 8th seed a few years ago? About 37?

JPR 01-25-2008 04:05 PM

Re: After all this the Bulls are a half game out of the playoffs?
 
Thank you blaze. take this into consideration. after GOBB masquerated as "BULLS" and all of chicago's haters, chitown will easily make the playoffs. and they're doing this without duhon, deng, and gordon. take that haters! :banana:

one good thing, check that great thing, about chicago's guards is that BG and Captain Kirk lead the NBA in FT%.


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