Chicago Bulls: Will Derrick Rose and Co. Make a Run to the NBA Finals?

Sam Tastad@@samtastadCorrespondent IIIApril 8, 2011

The Chicago Bulls are soaring right now.

Tonight, they beat the Boston Celtics 97-81. Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 30 points and eight assists.

The Bulls only have four regular season games left.

They play at Cleveland tomorrow, at Orlando on Sunday, at the Knicks next Tuesday and close out the season at home on Wednesday. 

Currently, the Chicago Bulls have the best record in the East and second best record in the NBA. Miami and Boston trail the Bulls by four games. 

The Bulls went 2-2 against the Celtics this season and went 3-0 against the Heat

There are four key reasons why the Chicago Bulls can make a deep playoff run. 


Unselfish Team-Play

Derrick Rose is having an MVP season, but he hasn't had to carry the load.

Rose averages 25.1 points per game, 7.9 assists per game and 4.2 rebounds per game. However, he only averages 3.4 turnovers per game and 1.6 fouls per game.

He shoots 44 percent from the field, 85 percent from the free throw line and 33 percent from three-point line. 

His teammates have been a great supporting cast as well.

Rose, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah have been the big three for this team, while Luol Deng and Kyle Korver play great supporting cast members.

Boozer and Deng both average 17.7 and 17.6 points per game respectively, while Noah averages 11.9, and Korver 8.2 ppg.

Noah is a great rebounder, averaging 10.8 per game. Boozer averages 9.5 rpg.

Korver is a great three-point shooter, sinking 42 percent from beyond the arc. Deng is also having a great year, stepping up for the Bulls and making them consistent.


Consistent Contribution From the Bench

All teams that have won an NBA title don't just have a great starting five, but a consistent bench that contributes every night. 

The Bulls have got exactly that from their bench.

Rose, Boozer, Deng and Noah all play over 30 minutes a game, but when they aren't in, another player has stepped right in. 

Taj Gibson has been the best off the bench. He averages 7.1 ppg and 5.7 rpg.

Ronnie Brewer, C.J. Watson, Keith Bogans and Kurt Thomas have also been key to the Bulls' success.

Brewer averages 6.2 ppg and 3.2 rpg, while Bogans, Thomas and Watson average four points a game. Watson contributes 2.2 apg, while Thomas gives the Bulls five rebounds per game. 

Rasual Butler, a late season pick-up, has also come in and contributed as well. 

Gibson, Brewer and Thomas all average 20 minutes a game, coming off the bench for the Bulls.


Tom Thibodeau

In his rookie year of coaching, Thibodeau has done a great job for the Bulls.

Coaching under Doc Rivers in Boston has helped him a lot—it's shown, and turned into success for the young coach.

Not to mention, he has seen the Celtics have success when he was an assistant coach there and knows what it takes to win in the playoffs. 

Thibodeau has got along great with his players and handled different situations throughout the season very well. 

He has a great defensive mind and knows how to let his players take over games.


Everything Is Clicking

The Bulls are a consistent team. They appear to have everything clicking for them right now. 

They're a great team at home at the United Center, but do need to get better on the road.

Their home record is 35-5, while they're 23-15 on the road.

They will certainly have home court advantage in the playoffs, as they have without doubt wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the East. 

The Bulls have great depth and are primed for a run in the NBA playoffs. 

They shoot great from the free-throw line, which is a great attribute for a team to have in the playoffs.

They also have great shooters.

Rose shoots 44 percent, Boozer shoots 52 percent, Deng shoots 46 percent, Noah shoots 53 percent and Korver shoots 44 percent from the field. Gibson and Brewer shoot over 40 percent as well, and Thomas shoots over 50 percent. 

Another great statistic I love about this team is that they don't turn the ball over very much. They average only 14.09 turnovers a game.

The Bulls average only 20 fouls a game, which is great and means that their players are smart and want to do everything it takes to win games. 

The Chicago Bulls have been fun to watch this season, and we can only hope that it will continue to get better with a deep playoff run!


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