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Dwight Howard says Bulls are best in the East right now

2011 NBA All-Star Game - Performances And Celebrities

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: (L-R) Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic and the Eastern Conference, singer Justin Bieber, and Chicago Bulls mascot ‘Benny the Bull’ courtside during the 2011 NBA All-Star game at Staples Center on February 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. 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 Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Dwight Howard said what a lot of people have been thinking (and was willing to go farther than we were) when he was on the Dan Patrick Show this morning (via CSN Chicago, they have the video clip where Howard talks about a range of topics). Patrick asked him who was the best team in the East.

“I think Chicago is playing the best basketball right now.”

The Bulls have recently beaten the Heat and the Magic. They are playing great defense and getting enough scoring.

There are questions about everybody in the East right now. With the Bulls, it’s can their offense generate enough points when the defenses get to focus in like they will in the playoffs? How will this team handle the pressure of its first big playoff run as a unit?

But right now, Howard is right.