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Bulls' Downward Spiral Continues With Latest 111-82 Loss

The Bulls kind of limped into the all-star break with a record of 25-26. They turned things around though winning four consecutive games and six of seven overall to reach a season high 4 games over the .500 mark at 31-27. At the time, the Bulls seemed poised to overtake the Raptors for the fifth spot in the East but a lot has changed over the last couple of weeks.

The Bulls have lost six consecutive games including last night's game (if you can call it that), to the Orlando Magic. The game was pretty much over after the first half as the Magic enjoyed a 65-33 lead. With Loul Deng and Joakim Noah out of the lineup, the Bulls have suffered to say the least. If things weren't bad enough, Derrick Rose had to leave the game after being fouled by Dwight Howard due to a sprained wrist. There is no timetable for how long he may be out or if he will need to miss any time at all.

With the loss the Bulls are now 1.5 games out of the last spot in the East and the schedule doesn't get any easier with Heat and Mavericks coming up. The Bulls were a decent team when everyone was healthy but they can not afford to have a bunch of players injured and still be able to compete with the elite teams in the league. Their record now stands at 31-33 and I thought for sure that they would improve on the 41-41 mark from a season ago. Now they have to win 10 of their remaining 18 games just to tie that mark. I hate to say this as a fan but there is a good chance they may not make the playoffs and there is not much to look forward to if they do. If they were unable to beat a short-handed Boston Celtic team in the post-season last year, it's impossible to see them beating Cleveland or Orlando in a first round series, especially if they are not a full strength which seems inevitable for the time being. The countdown for next year will soon begin unless the Bulls are able to turn things around in a hurry.

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