Confusing feelings, but mostly bad, about the Chicago Bulls halfway into the regular season shouldn’t have much clarity by year’s end.
When the Chicago Bulls hit the halfway mark of the 2019-20 regular season, they sat more than four games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls are starting to fall further and further behind the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets for the eight seed in the East at the halfway mark.
What makes matters worse is that the Nets got superstar point guard Kyrie Irving back from injury at the perfect time for them to make a back half playoff push this season. Kyrie missed more than two-dozen games with that lingering shoulder injury, but he’s hoping to get the Nets rolling down the stretch.
And the Magic pretty much have the same team that they made it into the playoffs as a lower seed in the East last year. The Bulls will be fighting an uphill battle against both teams. But the good news is that battling the likes of the Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets for a playoff spot isn’t all that difficult. The Bulls will have to hope that either the Nets or Magic somehow magically fall off in the second half of the regular season.
By now, the Bulls don’t have a very realistic path to the playoffs. Even if they do make the playoffs, they’re likely looking at something like a series sweep against the Central Division foe and potential one-seed Milwaukee Bucks.
For the Bulls to find themselves in the position they are in now, quite a few things had to go wrong. Here’s a look into the four biggest negatives for the Chicago Bulls halfway into the 2019-20 regular season.