This shortened yet busier-than-ever NBA season has been grueling—and the Bulls have had the injuries to prove it.
But the scheduling gods seem to have smiled on the Bulls in the final two weeks of the season. Starting with Sunday's game in Detroit, the Bulls face some of the worst squads the NBA has to offer. With the Bulls' projected starting five's limited games together—Sunday was their 13th--these cupcake matchups just might be what the team needs.
The soft season-ending schedule does include another meeting with Miami and Central Division rival Indiana, but as the Bulls chase the NBA's best overall record, there are just enough patsies ahead to tilt the scales in their favor.
At Detroit, Sunday
HOW BAD ARE THEY? There was a time when a Pistons game on the schedule prompted Bulls fans to shudder—and probably utter an expletive or two. Not anymore. Heading into Sunday's game, the Bulls had won 14 straight against Detroit by an average of 11.2 points. Consider it payback for those years Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace and Co. were beating up on the Bulls.
Vs. Washington, Monday
HOW BAD ARE THEY? Even with electrifying young point guard John Wall, the Wizards continue to reside comfortably in the NBA's cellar. They enter Monday's game at the United Center with just 14 wins.
At Charlotte, Wednesday
HOW BAD ARE THEY? Even in a shortened, 66-game season that will keep every team's win total artificially low, the Bobcats stand out. Michael Jordan's team hasn't even broken into double digits in the win column. Before Sunday's game, they had a gaudy seven wins. Mike must be seething.
Vs. Cleveland, April 26
HOW BAD ARE THEY? Ever since LeBron James took his talents to South Beach, the Cavaliers have taken it on the chin over and over. On Saturday, the Cavs reached a milestone 20 victories, thanks to the Wizards. Last season, they only managed 19 wins in the first year without their King.