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Bulls Sun Apr 04 2010

As The Bulls Turn: Will Somebody Clinch the 8th Seed??

If the playoffs were to start today, the Chicago Bulls would be on the outside looking in. Luckily for Bulls fans the NBA season still has 10 days left in the regular season and the Bulls still have six games to try and "catch" the Toronto Raptors for the unenviable task of playing the Cleveland LeBrons in round one.
The Bulls, who beat Washington and Charlotte in a weekend back-to-back, are now entering a final pivotal stretch of their season. With the Raptors loss on Sunday the Bulls are now one game behind Toronto and are hosting Milwaukee and, gulp, Cleveland at the United Center before traveling to the "suddenly competent, but not good, but still competent" New Jersey Nets and the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre (see, it's "Centre" 'cuz it's Canadian English, seriously). Meanwhile, the Torontosaurus Rexes face @Cleveland, Boston at Air Canada and @ Atlanta Hawks, so, yeah, if the Bulls are gonna make a push for the 8th seed: now is the time.

After that murderous stretch of Cleveland, Boston, Atlanta, Toronto's schedule gets much easier with games against the Bulls, Pistons and Knicks. Meanwhile, the Bulls schedule gets much rockier after this week (I know, Milwaukee and Cleveland and New Jersey (honestly, the Nets beat San Antonio, they're goodish) = no cakewalk) but to close the season Chicago faces @Toronto, Boston and @Charlotte.

Plenty of games left to be played, but if the Bulls want to make the playoffs they need to start winning with a quickness starting on Tuesday night at the United Center against Milwaukee.

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