The Chicago Bulls have wins over all four teams ahead of them in the Eastern Conference standings over the past three weeks. It's the clubs which are heading home next week that have given them trouble.
The Bulls look to keep their grip on the East's No. 5 seed Friday night as they travel north of the border trying to avoid a second loss to the lottery-bound Toronto Raptors in four days.
Questions of Derrick Rose's return have been hanging over the Bulls (43-35), but the former MVP's injury isn't the only one Chicago is dealing with. Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, Marco Belinelli and Richard Hamilton have missed time in recent weeks, and the Bulls' recent results have been all over the map as coach Tom Thibodeau has used 15 different starting lineups this season - five since March 23.
That 11-game stretch has included victories over Indiana, Brooklyn, Miami and New York, with Chicago ending the Heat's 27-game winning streak March 27 and snapping the Knicks' 13-game run with ...