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122-90 Route Over Sixers Puts Bulls at 4-0 Following All-Star Break

The Chicago Bulls headed into the All-Star Break one game under .500 (25-26). Since then, the Bulls have reeled off four consecutive victories over the past week and have now moved three games over .500 (28-26) for the first time this season and currently hold the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference.

Despite the many new faces on the team following the trade deadline; Hakim, Warrick, Flip Murray, the Bulls' offensive unit looked like a well-oiled machine against the Sixers as they jumped out to a 58-39 lead at halftime and pretty much coasted for the rest of the way. The Bulls also had a balanced with seven players with at least 10 points with rookie Taj Gibson leading the way with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

While I questioned the Bulls willingness to part with Tyrus Thomas, Hakim Warrick seems to be a more than a capable replacement for Thomas as he is just as athletic as Thomas was and he seems to give an all out effort on every play; something that Thomas was often criticized for not doing. While the Bulls' recent victories have been over less than stellar teams, their play over during the stretch has improved drastically and when Noah returns at full strength, the inside punch of Noah, Miller and Warrick may provide Chicago with the physical/energetic front court they have been in search of over the past few seasons.

Don't get me wrong, they are still not in the same class as the Cavaliers, Celtics, Magic or Hawks, but they have been playing well and if they can continue playing this well over the remaining stretch, they may get a favorable playoff match up but as with everything in Chicago, we will have to wait and see what happens before getting our hopes up prematurely.

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