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Game Thread #22: Bulls vs. Seattle Supersonics

I look forward to games against the Sonics for one reason: it means I can link to (friend of Kevin Pelton's super-high quality game preview on Pelton is pretty optimistic (some would say 'bullish', ha!) on the squad this year:

Since the poor start, Chicago has won eight of its last nine games to improve to fourth in the Eastern Conference. The team's point differential is even more impressive. Chicago has a +4.0 differential, best in the East and fifth-best in the NBA overall. Not only do the Bulls still have one of the league's best defenses (third in the NBA in Defensive Rating, trailing only Houston and San Antonio, though this has somehow failed to please noted sourpuss Skiles), but the offense has become much more potent this season. Last year, Chicago averaged 105.5 points per 100 possessions to rank 23rd in the league; this year, those marks have jumped to 108.0 and 12th so far this season. In a wide-open Eastern Conference, the Bulls have a very legitimate chance to return to the NBA Finals for the first time since Jordan's jumper beat Utah for the last of Chicago's six championships in eight years.
I wish these games occured more than twice a year, frankly.

So go there, and come back and open thread it up.

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