Chicago Bulls: Team Not Worried About Playoff Matchups

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Apr 2, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) attempts a shot over Chicago Bulls center Nazr Mohammed (48) and guard Jimmy Butler (21) in the first half at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bulls are currently battling the Toronto Raptors for the third spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

And if the postseason began today, they would host the Brooklyn Nets in a rematch of the first-round playoff series between these two teams from a year ago.

Should the Bulls have concerns about facing the same team they beat last year now that the Nets have added Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the mix?

Well, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times certainly thinks they should and he offered the following assessment:

There’s a reason the team added Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in the offseason. Call it a double-dip of playoff toughness — heart and guts coming in a package deal from Boston. So while the Bulls maintain they aren’t looking at playoff matchups yet and wouldn’t entertain the idea of jockeying for playoff position, winning the No. 3 seed and having to deal with the Washington Wizards or Charlotte Bobcats would be a win if they have hopes of advancing to the second round.

While I respect Mr. Cowley’s expert opinion, the Bulls will actually match up favorably against the Nets and here is why:

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  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    So true.. Let’s get ready 2Battle Chicago Bulls Style!

    • James Tillman

      Appreciate the comment Lloyd. I think they can make a deep postseason run health is not an issue.

  • Brandy Tillman

    I think the Bulls are in pretty good shape against the Nets. The M*A*S*H* comment was hilarious and true.

    • James Tillman

      Appreciate the response. Yea, the mash unit description was the nicest thing I could up with about their injury situation last year.

  • Valerie Flemings

    So James, do you really think the Bulls can do it? I long to see them clinch it but seriously can they do it or not?

    • James Tillman III

      Hello Valerie. Appreciate the response. Well, to be honest, they won’t make it to the finals. I definitely see them going to the second round. As hard as they play defensively, they still don’t have a group of players who can consistently score late in games. Augustin has been the only player that has this trait but he cannot be expected to carry that burden all the time.