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Placing Chicago behind Orlando is my biggest ‘out on a limb’ suggestion.
My accordant reasoning is twofold:
One—Besides the Celtics, Orlando is the only team in the East I think has a legitimate chance to beat Miami. Let me use last Thursday night's Heat-Bulls game as an example.
Amazing game, full playoff intensity...and things looked just a bit too hard for the Bulls. To their credit, they won! They're a tenacious group. But it should be noted that they won at home, and by the skin of their teeth.
The last time I remember hearing the "They won, but it was just too hard" logic was from Barkley after the Cavs had defeated the Magic in a Cleveland-set game 5 (avoiding elimination, and sending the series back to Orlando 3-2). Barkley said that as well as the Cavs had played, they could not possibly play two more games with that level of energy, with that little room for error.
And he was right. They got blown out the next game. Season over.
So that's problem number one. I don't think the Bulls can win that Thursday game three times over the course of a week and a half.
Two—They can’t win on the road.
That's even worse.
I would like nothing more then to see Derrick Rose lead the Bulls out of the East this year…but it’s just too hard right now.
It’s not yet their time.