The Chicago Bulls have started off the season strong, but they haven't put together a string of good games since the start of this month.
Obviously, injuries to certain key players have contributed to their struggles, but they haven't been in the conversation as one of the elite teams in the NBA ever since Derrick Rose got injured in last year's playoffs.
They certainly don't deserve the recognition that they did in the previous few seasons, considering that they've only compiled a 37-31 record and are holding on to the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. This Bulls team is much different from the one last season and the season before, but coach Tom Thibodeau has successfully implemented his system to the minds of the new players.
With that being said, they still have an outside shot of winning a championship. The Miami Heat are unquestionably the best team in basketball, and there's a good chance that the Bulls will have to face them in a playoff series in order to get to the finals.
This slideshow will evaluate the ways in which the Bulls could give themselves a chance to overthrow the defending champions.