CLEVELAND — The Bulls need a win to lock down the number one seed in the Eastern Conference and secure home court advantage in the playoffs.
Well Chicago is just one half of basketball away from capturing that glory and restoring pride to Chicago. It will kick off a post-season journey that set the Bulls up for a deep run that could very realistically end with a championship. Derrick Rosehas 7 points and Carlos Boozer has posted 12 thus far.
Should Chicago Clinch, they would be able to rest their starters for the remaining three games and unleash the Bench Mob (who already have a combined 23 points at the half) on the Magic,Knicks and Nets.
It would also render the ABC matchup against the Magic useless. Especially since now Dwight Howard will miss the game after receiving his 18th technical foul against the Bobcats.
Chicago is almost guaranteed to face-off against the Indiana Pacers in the first round which will be an easy series win. After that it gets fun.
But right now the Bulls need to focus on the second half of basketball against the Cavs, who are only down by 8.
Then again, the Chicago Chokehold is on, because the Bulls have their sites on the number one seed in the East and winning the Eastern Conference for the first time since 1998.