5 Teams Standing in Way of Chicago Bulls Winning 2011-12 NBA Championship

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5 Teams Standing in Way of Chicago Bulls Winning 2011-12 NBA Championship
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The Chicago Bulls are looking like the team to beat at this point in the season.

They have started off 13-3, despite playing only six of those games in Chicago. Their only losses came against the Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, and Memphis Grizzlies on the road. In each of those game they were sloppy and turned the ball over at least 19 times, something they certainly need to address as the season moves forward.

The Bulls have beaten both the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics on the road, and with reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose leading their charge this year, they have the potential to bring an NBA championship back to Chicago for the first time since the Jordan era.

Chicago has the second-highest scoring differential in the league at +8.523 trailing only the surprising Philadelphia 76ers (+14.92). They average more rebounds than any other team (45.8 per game, a +8.7 differential), allow the fewest points (85.0), and are fourth in blocks per game (6.13).

The starting five for Chicago was solid last year, leading the team to an NBA best 62-20 record before losing to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, and the additional of Richard Hamilton makes them even more dangerous this year.

The question is, who will get in Chicago’s way in its pursuit of its championship rings this year?

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