Tough schedules are relative, but the Bulls have one of the toughest remaining schedules in the Eastern Conference. That said, a tough schedule in the East isn't exactly murderer's row. Still, to remain above .500, the Bulls will have win almost all the games their favored or pull some upsets.
Chicago has 12 games remaining against teams with less than a winning percentage of 45% while they play 11 against teams with a winning percentage over 55%. That doesn't sound so bad until looking at the schedule the Bulls have already played.
Chicago played 26 games against teams with a winning percentage less than 45% to this date and only 15 games against teams with a winning percentage over 55%. In other words, while the Bulls remaining schedule is actually fairly neutral. In the east, neutral is really, really hard relative to what the typical schedule is.
That said, the Bulls record in those games indicates that the upcoming schedule isn't so scary. The Bulls were 6-9 against those teams that were over 55% earlier this season. Meanwhile, Chicago was 16-10 against the teams under 45%. So Chicago won 40% of it's tough games and 61% of it's easy games.
A similar performance means the Bulls should float around .500 between their good and bad opponents, dropping as many gimmies as tough opponents they defeat. Also, they're definitely trending upwards. Many of the bad losses came earlier in the season right after Derrick Rose was hurt, and the team was suffering from mental let down and multiple injuries.
Chicago's turned over a better performance more recently. If the Bulls play reasonably close to form, their end result will really be decided by how well they play against the teams in the middle. If the Bulls beat more than their share of average teams, they'll have an excellent shot at competing for the three seed.
Bulls sign Jarvis Varnado to a 10 day contract
According to Yahoo Sports, Adrian Wojnarowski on twitter, the Bulls will sign Varnado to a 10 day contract.
Varnado is a 6'10 big man who was most recently playing in the D-League where he plays the role largely as a shot blocker. CSN had a cool line about him:
Varnado is the all-time leading shot blocker in Division I basketball history with 564 swats. He's one of two players with 1,000 career points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 blocks (David Robinson) in college basketball history.
Not bad. Don't expect Varnado to last more than 20 days though with the maximum off time between 10 day contracts.
Like Mark Deeks noted in his article on Gibson, the Bulls are concerned about the possibility of Gibson earning performances bonuses which can put them in the luxury tax.
Chicago will stay below the threshold even in the worst case scenario as long as they only sign 10 day contracts the rest of the year with the maximum time off between deals.
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