One thing we all seem to have forgotten is that in the
Isiah Thomas Warrick deal, the Bucks have the choice to switch first round picks with us this year, so long as ours isnt in the top 10. It wont be, and right now we are looking at a situation in which while we sit at home watching the Bucks in the playoffs, we then get to switch first rounders with them and move down in the draft so Scott Skiles can draft an athletic 4 with leaping ability and little offensive upside.
I think it is important not only to make the playoffs, but to get a higher seed than the Bucks. In order to do that, the Bulls need to find a way to dominate the inside (on both ends of the court) without giving away trips to the free throw line, hit some open 3s, and not allow the opponents to dissrupt the passing lanes to such an extent (half court and full court presses that lead to double teams have been common since the Indiana game, and they're leading to fast breaks for the opponents).
It's not going to get easier to defend power forwards and centers any time soon with the likes of Boozer, Howard, and Antawn Jamison and Shaq looming. But something needs to be done or not only to we miss the playoffs and finish with a losing record (attractive to Bosh?), but we also give Skiles and the Bucks our draft pick.