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Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has done a marvelous job with his squad the past year-plus on the job, and he has managed this success by keeping his athletes focused.
The Bulls are currently an NBA best 39-10 and an impressive 11-4 without Derrick Rose in the lineup.
With the Bulls comfortably ahead of the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference playoff standings, the Bulls will get the No. 1 seed again if they don't tank the remaining 17 games.
However, what if the Bulls begin to lose their focus?
Locking a playoff spot and eventual high seed early could make Bulls' players begin to look ahead to potential playoff matchups instead of worrying about their current regular season opponents.
Not being focused will result in poor hardwood performances that could lead to poor mental preparation for the playoffs.
If the Bulls begin to lose their focus, they would have a higher chance for being unpleasantly surprised by an upstart postseason foe.
Bob Bajek is a featured columnist for the Chicago Bulls. He is also a freelance reporter and can be followed on Patch.com and Twitter.