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Bulls Sun Mar 28 2010

As the Bulls Turn: Chicago Has Won 2 In a Row

Three ugly games, one loss and two wins for the Bulls. Last Thursday Chicago endured a 29-point loss at home to the playoff hungry Miami Heat while over the weekend the Bulls won two straight over the awful New Jersey Nets and woeful Detroit Pistons. With the two wins the Bulls are now inching ever closer to the final playoff spot (a mere half game out at this point). Of course, the Bulls, if they do qualify and do stay as the 8th seed, will be mere lambs at the altar of LeBron in the first round, still, it'd be nice for some 'offs games to be played at the Madhouse on Madison.

In any case, the Bulls have 9 games left on the schedule to clinch a playoff seed and prove (more to themselves than the fans at this point) that this team can play team defense and disciplined offense as opposed to the "Who's Line Is It Anyway?" styled-improv the squad has been showing recently.

A Mention of Ben Gordon

Sunday the Bulls played against the Detroit Pistons, the team former Bull Ben Gordon signed with during last year's free-agency period. BG7, as many fans will recall, was asking for a huge contract that Chicago (wisely) did not want to pony up for. Detroit happily signed Gordon to the bloated contract he was asking for and the Pistons are now the third worst team in the Eastern Conference and one of the worst in the league. Coincidence? Probably, but the fact remains, Ben Gordon is not an incredible talent and the oft-maligned Bulls management (and rightfully maligned, this is the team that did sign Jannero Pargo last offseason) made the right choice. They could've easily caved to Gordon's demands for more money, paid him and watched him shoot the team out of contests the way he is doing in Detroit right now. Instead, the Bulls management said "Thanks for your time, good luck." While Gordon was fuming and shooting his mouth off to anyone willing to listen about how "disrespected" he felt by the Bulls lack of an offer --not true, btw, the management did offer him a new contract the summer of '08 and Gordon said no; the Bulls kept quiet and just let the petulant Gordon speak for himself. Now, the Bulls are on the cusp of finding a player actually worth an extraordinary contract and potentially making the playoffs, too, all without Ben Gordon who is happily jacking up shots and (still) coming off the bench for a last-place team.

 
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