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Old 08-04-2012, 06:06 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Ataf View Post
1st ... The usual.
A big reason as to why the Bulls were the 1st seed the last couple years was how good their bench was. Their bench unit of Watson/Brewer/Gibson/Asik + Deng was the best defensive lineup in the league. That alone kept games close. However, they lost Watson/Brewer/Asik and could lose Gibson next season. Their bench is now not only more inconsistent, but they don't have the defence to make up for it. Could be a problem.

Another reason was that Thibs always has his team playing hard and will play hard for 48 minutes. This is unlike a team such as Miami who becomes complacent (they don't care about the regular season).

With that said, if Rose was healthy, the Bulls would almost certainly finish top 3 in the East because their team defence and rebounding is great.
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