The Chicago Bulls have gotten off to a fairly slow start to the season at 1-1. Many analysts believed that this season would be a continuation of the last with the Bulls dominating on the defensive end while seeing their offense improve by the addition of Richard Hamilton at the shooting guard position.
"The Bulls have shored up their only weakness," several sports figures reasoned. "They are now ready to take on the Miami Heat for Eastern Conference supremacy."
But have the Bulls really closed the gap with the Heat? Are they really better than Miami at this point?
I will acknowledge that it is still early in the season and any bold proclamation about any team's chances is premature at this point. However, I can look at the first few games of the season for both teams, as well as recent NBA precedent to gauge where the Bulls currently stand in fulfilling their goal of beating the Heat in a playoff series. At the present, I would say the Heat are still the better team.
Here are eight reasons why.