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5 Reasons the Bulls Need To Be the No. 4 Seed to Reach the Finals

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In what can only be described as shitty basketball, the Chicago Bulls beat a rec-league team from Philadelphia Wednesday night in overtime.

Hold on – they weren’t a rec-league team? Oh, I guess those were the Philadelphia 76ers, which are still considered an NBA team despite having a 14-50 record.

Wait, c’mon, they chucked up 41 threes! Jason Richardson was like that kid in high school that almost made one three, so he kept shooting because he thought he was good.

Anyway, as bad as the 76ers played, the Bulls somehow found a way to blow a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter and needed tiny Aaron Brooks to save the day.

If you didn’t watch last night’s game, consider yourself lucky. The game featured Kirk Hinrich falling down more times than the number of shots he made. Add this to Kirk’s highlight reel.

Meanwhile, Tony Snell was single-handedly trying to give the game away with seven turnovers and was also greeted by Norlens Noel at the rim.

I know what you’re thinking, “Give them a break. They didn’t have Rose, Butler, Gibson and Noah.” That doesn’t matter. Philadelphia is essentially a D-League team and you shouldn’t need 31 points from your point guard to escape with a win.

As a matter of fact, as bad of a loss as it would have been, fans should have been hoping for one. A loss would have dropped Chicago to the four seed, which isn’t as bad as you think. The Bulls are currently the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference at 40-26, but if they want any chance of getting to the NBA Finals they should shoot for securing the No. 4 seed instead.

No. 1 Seed Out of Reach

In a perfect world the Bulls would be where the Atlanta Hawks are. At 50-14 overall the Hawks are the No. 1 seed in the East, 10 games ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers and 11 games ahead of Chicago.

With less than 20 games left in the regular season, no one is catching Atlanta. Obviously, being the top seed you get the weakest matchup in the first round. If the playoffs started today, the Hawks would play the Miami Heat (29-35).

Because the NBA Playoffs do not re-seed, the winner of the 1-8 matchup plays the winner of the 4-5 matchup in the second round. Chicago has a much better chance of advancing further in the playoffs if they’re on that side of the bracket.

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