Troubling Loss Could Cost Bulls Top Seed?
It was impossible to imagine just a week ago, in the euphoria of beating Miami to take a three-game lead at the top of the Eastern Conference standings, that the Chicago Bulls would be in a bit of trouble going into the playoffs.
But they are.
It’s not the loss Thursday night in Miami that has suddenly put the Bulls in peril. The Miami Heat, playing at home, should have beaten the Bulls with or without Derrick Rose, particularly with the top seed in the East still out there to be claimed. There’s nothing whatsoever wrong with splitting four regular-season games with Miami, especially since Rose didn’t play in two of them and didn’t produce much of anything in a third.
It’s losing to the unspeakably bad Washington Wizards on Monday, at home no less, that put the Bulls unexpectedly in the spot they’re in now. Had the Bulls beaten the Wizards, the team with the second-worst record in the NBA, they’d have essentially secured the No. 1 seed in the East.