Its only fitting for the Chicago Bulls are to play for the playoffs on the last day of the season. Personally, I thought they would be out of contention a long time ago, but the heroics of Jimmy Butler and TNT Thursday’s kept the Bulls in the race.
The Bulls host the Nets Wednesday night at the United Center in the season finale. Rajon Rondo, who has been dealing with a significant right wrist injury, is a game time decision. For the Nets, the injury report is six deep, basically handing the Bulls a playoff spot. Trevor Booker (rest), Jeremy Lin (rest), Brook Lopez (rest), Quincy Acy (ankle), Joe Harris (shoulder) & Sean Kilpatrick (hamstring) are all out Wednesday vs. Bulls. Remember, this Nets team beat the Bulls last Saturday, but their top scores out, the Bulls should win ( notice the should).
“It doesn’t change our approach,” Hoiberg said. “We have a gameplan in place for whoever takes the floor for Brooklyn.
If the Bulls clinch, they will likely sit in the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference, matching up with the Boston Celtics for the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Pacers, who currently sit in the 7th seed, are playing the Atlanta Hawks tonight who are resting their starters.
The Bulls need to play the exactly how they did Monday vs. Magic. They must recognize the Nets are no where close to their talent level and do not deserve to be on the floor with them. Jump on them early and get Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade on the bench to rest up for the playoffs.
I should not be breaking down how the Bulls should beat the Nets tonight but we are talking about a team who we do not know what team will show up, the fighting TNT Bulls or the sluggish, no care Bulls.
“We’re not the team to overlook anybody, Wade said Wednesday at shootaround. We’ve got to go out there and find a way to win.”