3. Chicago Bulls

Record: 27 - 8
Last Week's Rank: 4
Last Week's Results: W vs. Atlanta 90-79, (Mon); W vs. Milwaukee 110-91, (Wed)
This Week: vs. New Orleans, Tuesday (2/28); @ San Antonio, Wednesday (2/29); @ Cleveland, Friday (3/2); @ Philadelphia, Sunday (3/4)

There's one way—and only one way—that the Bulls won't make it to the Eastern Conference Finals this season: If Derrick Rose continues to get injured and isn't at or close to 100 percent when the playoffs roll around. So the most important member of the Bulls team in the second half of the season is head coach Tom Thibodeau. He needs to mix and match the lineup on a nightly basis to get D-Rose enough rest AND make sure the Bulls continue winning games at the same pace that they did during the first half of the year. If he can do that, it'll definitely be Bulls/Heat in the ECF—and we're definitely looking forward to that. —Chris Yuscavage