3 Reasons the Chicago Bulls Must Step Up Their Game to Contend This Season

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3 Reasons the Chicago Bulls Must Step Up Their Game to Contend This Season
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Tom Thibodeau's Bulls are off to a disappointing start to the 2012-13 season.

After blowing a 27-point lead and falling 93-92 to the Milwaukee Bucks in their most recent game, the Chicago Bulls must step-up their game if they are to have any chance of contending in the Eastern Conference.

The Bulls knocked off the Bucks just two nights prior in Milwaukee, running their winning streak against their foes from Wisconsin to nine games in the process. However, the Bucks erased the enormous deficit and pulled off the unthinkable in Chicago's own building, the United Center.

The Bulls have been up-and-down all year long, but this game raised serious questions about whether they can contend at all in the East this year, especially since Derrick Rose is far from ready for game action.

Forget contending for now. If the regular season ended today—thank goodness the Bulls have 68 more games—the Bulls would be on the outside looking in at the playoffs with the No. 9 seed in the conference. With a 6-7 record , there is plenty of blame to go around and plenty of reasons this struggling team must start playing better basketball lest than they fade out of the playoff picture. 

Here is exactly why the Bulls must elevate their play starting with their next game against Dallas.

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