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Bulls Mon Mar 02 2009

Will The Bulls Make The Playoffs?

Tailgate's ongoing look at whether the Bulls will make the playoffs, this week we look at the other teams clawing and fighting for the 8th and final seed.

First things first, in the span of the past week Chicago has been the most manic team in the Association, spec the wins and losses of the past seven days: Orlando, win, WTF? The Bulls massacred the Magic, are you kidding me? What, was Dwight Howard out with a case of the plague? [No, he played, dropping 26/12 in the loss -ed.] New Jersey and Washington, gimme wins, right? Ha! Not. After pantsing the Magic, Chicago decided to take the fourth quarter of the Nets game off and let Devin Harris go off for 42 points, including 19 in the fourth. Meanwhile, on Friday night against Eastern Conference laughingstock/door mat/[insert-insult] with a very famous Bulls fan in the house Chicago decided to not show up and get blown out by the Wizards. When you get blown out by the Wiz in front of the Pres there's only one word: pathetic. But on Saturday Chicago somehow put the locks down on the mighty Houston Rockets and pulled out a quasi-miraculous fourth quarter win. So, uhhm, yeah, the Bulls are missing their meds or something and as a result are simultaneously amazing and awful. Stay tuned and now onto who else is vying for the last playoff spot.

Milwaukee: Scott Skiles has some weird Jedi-mind trick, wherein during the first season (see, 2004-05 Bulls team) he's a head coach of any team, the team vastly overperforms and buys into his concepts of "teamwork" and "defense." Yep, the Bucks are the 8th seed right now and have been looking, well, not bad in getting there. Yet, according to Hollinger's wacky playoff machine the Bulls and not the Bucks are making it in.

Indiana: I loathe the Hoosier State and do not like this Pacers outfit at all. I pray to every god in every universe that this team never makes the post-season again.

Charlotte:Conversely, I love this Bobcats (ugh, hate the nickname) squad, professional jackass, Larry Brown, has unified the Gerald Wallace/Raymond Felton/Emeka Okafor/Boris Diaw ragtag-get-along-gang into a team of dudes ready to rumble anytime, anywhere. They just don't give a f*ck, in the most real and street way possible. And if you doubt me, peep the collection of scalps they've amassed: New Orleans, Portland, Phoenix, Utah, the Mighty Lakers and defending NBA champs, Boston. If they make the playoffs, automatically every single game they play against (prob) Bos or Cleveland becomes must-see-tv!

New Jersey:Devin Harris and the reanimated corpse of 2002 Vince Carter are keeping this team afloat. If one of them goes down so do the Nets chances and I'm okay with that.

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