Chicago Bulls hold meeting; Can they make the playoffs

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The Chicago Bulls during a timeout. (Photo Courtesy: Jim Larrison/Wikimedia)

The Chicago Bulls are two games behind the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 36-36 record. The team held a meeting on Sunday after three straight losses.

According to ESPN, head coach Fred Hoiberg called a pre-practice meeting involving the coaching staff and players. The Bulls lost two straight against the lowly New York Knicks late last week before a 111-89 defeat at the hands of the Orlando Magic last Saturday.

“You have to have honest communication where things aren’t taken personal. I thought it was productive from that standpoint,” Hoiberg said via USA Today.

“To say it’s like one thing we’re not doing right and that would solve everything, that’s just not the case. It’s a bunch of stuff we’re struggling with. Not only with effort but execution and discipline and continuity,” forward Mike Dunleavy added.

Can the Chicago Bulls make the playoffs? The road to the playoffs gets tougher with only ten games remaining. Seven out of the ten teams they will face are playoff contenders including the Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers.

However, the most important game for Chicago is the matchup against the Detroit Pistons on April 2. The Pistons are currently ahead of the season series against the Bulls, 2-1. Detroit has a record of 39-35 with only eight games left but they also have a tough schedule towards the playoffs.

Mike McGraw of Chicago Daily Herald noted that the Bulls can still make the playoffs. He pointed out that it would have been much easier if Joakim Noah is not out with injury. Noah, who is set to become a free agent his summer, is the known for his leadership attitude and energy.

A host of different factors also doomed that Chicago Bulls this season including injuries to key players, chemistry issues between its stars and a new coach and system. The Bulls still have enough talent to make the playoffs like Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose, but they need to have the sense of urgency that has been missing in the past three games.

Photo Courtesy: Jim Larrison/Wikimedia

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