Watch as the Bulls take on the Magic on Wednesday on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Bulls Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.
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FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
1. Breaking out of that slump. After their best stretch of basketball all season long the Bulls, of course, have now lost three of four. They're back below .500 for the sixth time this season. With Houston and Boston awaiting them, they'll want to pick up a victory against the lowly Magic.
2. Terrence Ross heating up for the Magic. Since coming over from Toronto in the Serge Ibaka deal Ross hasn't been great, but he does have games of 20 and 24 points. It also came against solid competition in the Hawks and Wizards. He hasn't been consistent, but he can go off at a moment's notice. The Bulls will need to know where he is on the floor at all times.
3. Jimmy Butler back to his old self? He still isn't playing like the All-Star starter he was back in February, but Butler's performance against the Pistons - 27 points while going 12-for-13 from the line - was a sight for sore eyes. Yes, he's seeing more double teams, but the Bulls need him to stay aggressive as possible if they want a chance to win these games.
4. Playoff positioning...again. With the loss to the Pistons the Bulls are now in the No. 8 spot in the East, and that's just 1.5 games ahead of the surging Heat and Bucks. While the Bulls still have a 66.7 percent chance of making the playoffs, per basketball-reference, their March schedule is incredibly tough. Games like Wednesday against the Magic are really must-wins because of the steeper competition they'll face down the stretch.
5. The point guard carousel...again. Depending on how much Rajon Rondo plays, it could be another steady dose of both Jerian Grant and Cameron Payne. The former scored 7 points while Payne tallied 14 points but needed 14 shots to do it. Regardless of how the season plays out, the Bulls want to see what they have in these two young players. Their improvement is crucial as the Bulls look for a long-term answer at the point.
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