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SB Nation Reacts: Confidence in the Bulls continues to slide as they fall out of the playoff picture

Given Chicago’s latest losing streak, the confidence in the team among BaB readers is dropping

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According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey 46 percent of Bulls fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s down from 58 percent last week and 64 percent the week before.

These numbers check out when you look at Chicago’s most recent slide. There was a lot of optimistic and rightly so after the trade deadline with the addition of Nikola Vucevic. But losses in games they should have won combined with the absence of Zach LaVine has dampened the mood as of late.

Until their win last night, the Bulls were on a four straight game losing streak with their hopes of making it into the 10th and final play-in spot fading. They are currently three games back of the Washington Wizards and four games behind the Indiana Pacers. With only six games left in the regular season, time is running out for the Bulls. The return of LaVine was a boost last night against Charlotte but they have a tall task ahead of them. Four of Chicago’s remaining games are against playoff teams including two matchups against the Brooklyn Nets. It’s not impossible for the Bulls to make a miracle run into the playoffs but they are going to have to go on a winning streak while also getting help from results out of their control. It’s looking to be another season of hoping that the lottery in June sees Chicago landing a top draft pick.

Chicago, like every other team in the league, is working through a non-stop schedule to end the season. The schedule has been brutal to Chicago as of late, especially in the last month. As pointed out by Jeff Mangurten of 670 the Score, the two days of rest Chicago had between games on Monday and last night was the first time the Bulls had two days off since the end of March.

With the end of the regular season scheduled to come May 16, the NBA is forcing teams to finish their schedule.

However, more than two-thirds of fans around the NBA think the league condensed the schedule too much.

One major reason it’s believed the league was so adamant on finishing this early is because of the expected 2021 Olympics this summer. However, only 44 percent of fans believe that’s a worthy reason for playing games at this pace.

While the schedule is difficult for everyone, some teams are having more success than others. That’s in large part due to the success of star players around the league. This year’s MVP race has seen a changing group of players from start to finish.

As the season nears its end, though, one player has emerged as the front runner for the award. 61 percent of fans nationally think Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokić is the league’s MVP. Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul was the next closest with 17 percent.

Jokic gave Chicago problems in their two meetings this season, nearly notching triple doubles in both. In the first game he scored 39 points while also getting 14 rebounds and nine assists. Then in the overtime game back in March, he scored 34 points while grabbing 15 rebounds with nine assists.

While Jokić appears to be the clear MVP, that doesn’t mean he’s considered the best player in the game right now. That title, according to fans, still goes to Lakers superstar LeBron James.

Paul’s re-emergence with the Suns has been a game-changer. The point guard was picked as the player who has made the biggest difference on their new team, far surpassing Brooklyn’s James Harden. Who knows, maybe if the Bulls would have done better after the trade deadline then Vucevic could have possibly gotten some votes for this poll as well.

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