My oh my how the times have changed. No more than 4 months ago, Chicago Bulls fans were openly pushing the idea of the Bulls tanking away the 2013-2014 season in an effort to enable an effective rebuild in the off-season.
I admit, I was one of those fans that was intrigued by the idea of tanking.
But then something happened. Despite the fact that Derrick Rose was injured and Luol Deng was traded, the Bulls refused to tank. Behind the MVP-caliber play of Joakim Noah, the Bulls slowly crept up the standings in the Eastern Conference in recent weeks and are now on the cusp of being the three seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Bulls took control of the three seed on Friday with their victory over the Detroit Pistons and the Toronto Raptors loss to the New York Knicks. On Sunday, the Bulls continue their pursuit of the three seed with a game at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks. The Raptors are in Detroit to play the Pistons.
This could be a tricky day for the Bulls. While the Bulls have a 1-game lead over the Raptors for the three-seed, the situation on Sunday favors the Raptors. For the same reasons why the situation favored the Bulls on Friday.
If the Raptors defeat the Pistons and the Bulls do indeed lose to the Knicks, that means that the two teams would be tied for the third seed with only two games left on the seasons.
The Raptors play the Milwaukee Bucks and Knicks in their two final games of the seasons while the Bulls face the Orlando Magic and Charlotte Bobcats in their final two games of the season.