Have you taken a look at the standings today?
The Bulls (33-14) are currently tied with the Miami Heat for the third-best record in the NBA. Only the San Antonio Spurs (40-7) and Boston Celtics (36-11) have been better approximately halfway through the season.
In terms of wins and losses anyway. John Hollinger’s Power Rankingshave the Bulls ranked seventh. Of course, those rankings have the Lakers (2nd) ahead of the Celtics (5th) even though Boston just busted their rivals on the road yesterday afternoon. So, well, there you go.
At any rate, here’s a quick snapshot of where the Bulls are right now.
Home Record: 23-4
Road Record: 10-10
Last game: Won 110-89 versus Indiana
Last 10 Games: 8-2
PPG: 98.1 (17th)
Opponents PPG: 92.0 (3rd)
Offensive Rating: 105.8 (19th)
Defensive Rating: 99.2 (1st)
Pace: 91.7 (18th)
Pythagorean W-L: 33-14 (5th)
Simple Rating System: 5.44 (5th)
Average Scoring Margin: +6.09 (5th)
ASM L25%: +8.58 (2nd)
Strenth of Schedule: .480 (26th)
Effective Field Goal Percentage: .494 (15th)
Turnover Percentage: .137 (19th)
Defensive Rebound Percentage: .754 (6th)
Offensive Rebound Percentage: .280 (8th)
Free Throws Per Field Goal Attempt: .222 (22nd)
Opp. eFG%: .459 (1st)
Opp. TO%: .141 (10th)
Opp. FT/FGA: .220 (8th)
Leading scorer: Derrick Rose (24.4)
Joakim Noah: Right thumb surgery (out for two months)
Taj Gibson: Sprained right ankle (questionable for Wednesday’s game)
After Friday night’s win over the Orlando Magic, the Bulls have seemingly taken their place as one of the league’s elite teams. The weird thing is: We don’t even know what this team’s true potential is yet. After all, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah haven’t been on the court together for as many as 10 games yet this season. And, according to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News, Noah’s return is still a few weeks away.