With Joakim Noah out and a brutal schedule to end the season things don't look pretty for our Bulls. Milwaukee is playing out of their minds, Miami has recently won some of their tough games and has a cake walk schedule. Barring something unusual, those two teams are going to blow past us. We still have hope to stay ahead of the Bobcats though.
The key comes down to this. We play the Bobcats twice down the stretch. In order to make the playoffs, we will need to win both games. That will give us the tiebreaker against them, and pad our lead by two games. In those circumstances would need to make up three full games on us the rest of the season.
We might be able to play well enough to avoid letting them do that. Unfortunately, if we can't beat the Bobcats both times, then the Bulls are going to have their work cut out for them. If not, we're going to need to find a way to win some of these tough games without Joakim.
Even if we do win both of those matchups, the Bulls still may not be able to do enough unless they can find a way to win a couple of the upcoming games with Joakim out against the tough competition.
Injuries can kill teams, and the Noah injury has killed us. Just a week ago, the Bulls were looking like a 44-45 win team, now we'll hope they can win 40 games and stay in the playoff race.