5 Things Chicago Bulls Must Do In The New Year To Salvage Season

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Chicago Bulls: 5 Things The Bulls Must Do In The New Year To Salvage Season

Mike Dinovo - USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bulls probably can't wait for the clock to strike midnight on New Year's Eve. It's been a very horrific start to the 2013-14 season and they would like to get on with the new year. The Bulls are still trying to find some consistency and balance to salvage the season.

The Bulls did not get off to the hot start they wanted to. The expectations were very high coming into this season with superstar Derrick Rose coming back from ACL surgery. The pressure was on the Bulls to contend for the championship with all the horses back together again, but the surprisingly slow start was crippling and the injuries eventually piled up. First, it was Jimmy Butler with a toe injury. Then it was the biggest blow with Rose going down for the season with another knee injury. Other key guys followed, being in and out of the lineup with various ailments.

Ever since Rose went down, the life has been sucked right out of the Bulls. They have been a very inconsistent bunch on both ends of the floor. The offense has looked stagnant because there is no stability in the lineup. The defense looks good at times because that's the Bulls' identity, but has its moments where they get shredded and is a step slow. With no flow on offense or defense, this team has predictably struggled.

I'm sure this team would like to turn back the clock and start over this season. They have the pieces to turn this thing around and maybe the new year will start them off fresh. Here are five things that the Bulls must do in the year 2014 to get back on track.

Courtney Harden is a Chicago Bulls writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @courtney110979, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5. Get Defensive Identity Back

Anthony Grupposo - USA TODAY Sports

This is what's been surprising to Bulls fans. The defense has lacked the toughness and grit they are known for. They must get that intimidating and suffocating defense back to make the playoffs.

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4. Establish Offensive Rhythm

Mike Dinovo - USA TODAY Sports

Ever since Rose went down, the offense has looked very stagnant with no flow. The injuries have been the key of the struggles, but the offense has to be much sharper. They must have better ball movement, and guys just have to start knocking more shots down.

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3. Get Players Back From Injuries

Rob Grabowski - USA TODAY Sports

This has been the story of the Bulls for the last two seasons. They have been decimated by the injury bug, and it is hard to recover when key guys are out. Once they get most of the guys back from the injuries, then we can see what type of team they can be.

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2. Continue To Play Tony Snell

Mike Dinovo - USA TODAY Sports

Who would of thought rookie Tony Snell would crack the rotation? He has because of so many injuries and has taken full advantage of his time on the floor. He brings youthful energy and 3-point shooting, things the Bulls desperately need.

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1. Coach Tom Thibodeau Keeping The Team Focused

Matt Marton - USA TODAY Sports

Coach Thibs has to keep this team afloat. He is an elite coach with a veteran core of players to help him out. With all the losses piling up, he has to stand firm and get these guys back on track.

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