On Tuesday night, the Chicago Bulls officially took full control of first place in the NBA's Eastern Conference, ahead of both Boston and Miami.
MVP candidate Derrick Rose has the Bulls playing their best basketball in years, and there aren't very many teams right now who can get in Chicago's way. However, when the playoffs come, there's a different mindset around the league.
The veteran Boston Celtics entered the 2010 playoffs as the fourth seed, but blazed through the competition and went to the finals. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen will give the Bulls all they can handle come spring time.
Miami has LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and although the Heat have struggled against Chicago, the playoffs present an extra challenge for them this year.
Which Eastern Conference players can capably end Chicago's road to the NBA Finals in 2011? Let's take a look.