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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