The San Antonio spurs have rested comfortably atop the NBA for the majority of the season. However, after a series of injuries to key starters and four straight losses, teams in the rear view mirror are just as close as they appear.
Contrastingly, after a 13-3 record in March and the help of a surging MVP candidate, the Chicago Bulls have positioned themselves at the top of the Eastern Conference.
With the Bulls fighting off the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat for control of the East and eight games remaining on the schedule, can Derrick Rose and company catch the Spurs and climb to the top?
The Bulls stand at 54-20, three games back from the NBA-leading Spurs. Chicago has won 13 of its last 15 games, has six out of eight games against teams under .500, and the eight opponents combine for a 255-358 record.
On the other hand, San Antonio's opponents combine for a 315-268 record. Add that on to injuries to Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili (the team's three leading scorers) and a top spot shuffle isn't out of reach.
The final stretch for the Spurs features games against the Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat, all difficult matchups for the struggling Spurs squad.
Here is a game-by-game breakdown of the remaining games for the Chicago Bulls...