If someone asked me 'Have the Bulls played like a play-off team?', I would have to answer 'no.'
But that doesn't mean they are out of the race by any means. One year ago, the Bulls were a game under .500 at this point in the season and came within a game of taking the 6th seed in the East and fought the Celtics to a 7th game in the first round.
There are a number of teams with similar records to the Bulls. Just a short little 3 or 4 game winning streak will put the Bulls front of teams like Indiana, New York or Detroit.
Before tonight's game against Atlanta, Vinny Del Negro said Tyrus Thomas is about a week away from playing again. At the start of the season, I thought one of the Bulls' greatest strenghts was their depth. With Hinrich and Thomas out with injuries, Vinny has had to put guys in unfamiliar positions and guys have racked up extended minutes. Tyrus can play a couple of different positions and he can defend a couple positions, so Vinny will have more versatility with his roster and that, I think, will benefit the Bulls in the weeks to come.