With one game remaining against the Boston Celtics before the All-Star break, the Bulls are looking to improve their record right before the break. The Chicago Bulls are currently the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference at 27-29 and after tonight’s game will have time to reflect on the first half of their season. While they are currently in the playoffs, most people are willing to concede that the Bulls have underachieved up to this point of the season. Even though Jimmy Butler is having the best season of his career and Dwyane Wade has proven to be a solid second option, the team has been battling inconsistency all season. After a decent start to the season, Chicago has hovered around the .500 mark so far this year and find themselves fighting to even make the playoffs.
When All-Star weekend is finished, the Bulls will need to make some pivotal decisions in regards to what direction they want to proceed with the team. There have been rumblings that the Bulls could be looking to bolster their front court, but up to this point none of those negotiations have led to any player movement. With the amount of veterans that are currently on the team, it seems unlikely that Chicago would give up on the season by shipping out any pivotal pieces of the roster. While a potential playoff berth is within reach, there are some who believe that grabbing the 7th or 8th seed would be pointless if it means potentially getting eliminated in the first round. Chicago would be wise to try to avoid the 8th seed at all cost because they stand a far better chance in a potential 7 game series against Boston or Washington. With 14 home and 12 away games remaining after the All-star break and the trade deadline approaching on February 23rd, it will be interesting to see how the rest of this season unfolds for Chicago.