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Derrick Rose, Tom Thibodeau confident about Bulls chances

Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 15: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls gets off a shot as he is fouled by Joel Anthony #50 of the Miami Heat while Chris Bosh #1 of the Heat follows the action at the United Center on January 15, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Did you check out the NBA standings today?

That would be the Chicago Bulls on top of the Eastern Conference. And considering they have a softer schedule than the Celtics from here on out, they may well end the season as the No. 1 seed. For all the Celtics veterans and the Heat’s hype, Chicago looks the best in the East.

And they are sounding confident.

Derrick Rose was interviewed at Sporting News and said the goal is a title.

“We can win a championship,” Rose says. “We are not playing to get into the second round or anything. We are playing for a championship. I can’t imagine having a goal that was anything less than that.”

Can they get that this season?

Coach Tom Thibodeau said the Bulls are the best team in the East on the Dan Patrick Show Wednesday morning, as Aggrey Sam reported at CSN Chicago.

When asked (if the Bulls are the best in the East) by Patrick, the show’s host, Thibodeau calmly replied, “I believe we’re there now….

“I don’t know if we’re the best team. Our record says right now we are,” Thibodeau later said. “There’s a lot of work to be done and we’re not complete.”


There is work, these Bulls have not been tested in the fire of the playoffs yet. We don’t know how they will do in the pressure of that situation, we don’t know how their offense will perform under that pressure (although it has improved as the season has gone on).

But the Bulls are contenders. They are in the mix. They may well be the best team in the East.