The Raptors deserve a lot of respect for what they have accomplished. While top Eastern teams Indiana Pacers (51-20) and Miami Heat (48-21) have hit a rough spot, Toronto has kept their game face on as the playoffs approach. Their resilience has made it difficult for the Bulls to catch up to their record.
If the Bulls do end up with the third seed, they will go up against expected sixth-seed Washington Wizards (36-34) in the first round of the playoffs, a team whom they have lost both of their matchups to this year. Now, regular season games do not hold much water, but they should give cause of concern to the Bulls’ management to come up with ways to effectively take on the Wizards.
Ending the season with the fourth seed shouldn’t be seen as a failure. These Bulls were at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings a few months ago, but have recently rekindled their fire after Joakim Noah‘s ascendance to greatness.
If Chicago ends up in the fourth spot, they will go up against expected fifth-seed Brooklyn Nets (37-32). While the Bulls have a stronger roster and a better record, the Nets could be a cause of worry. Brooklyn took Chicago on a seven-game thrill ride last year, with the Bulls barely squeezing by. If they meet again, it’s almost certain that the Nets would seek their revenge, and make a victory nearly unattainable.
With only 11 games left on their schedule, the Bulls need to give it their best shot to finally capture the third seed in the playoffs from Toronto’s grasps.