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Derrick Rose

Whether the Chicago Bulls make it to the NBA Playoffs or not — it depends on the outcome of their game against Playoff-bound Charlotte, as well as Toronto’s game against the New York Knicks — one thing’s for sure: You won’t be able to place the blame on Derrick Rose, who, against the Boston Celtics, had a career-high in points, leading his team to their much-needed 40th win. As mentioned, if the Bulls win tonight against the Bobcats, it won’t matter what the Raptors do, because Chicago will be one game ahead with a 41-41 record.

If the two teams tie, W/L record-wise, Toronto will be playing the Cleveland LeBrons in the first round due to the Raptors owning the tie-breaker.

To gain their one-game advantage over the Raptors, the Bulls had to beat the Celtics, and thanks to Rose’s fantastic outburst, they did just that. The highlight of the game had to be Rose’s breakaway reverse windmill dunk, a perfect highlight to decorate such an important win with:

Get crazy with the Cheez Whiz, D-Rose.

Of course, if the Bulls gag away their driver’s seat position and miss the playoffs, this post will be rendered null and void. Of course, if Rose has another game like he had against the Celtics, it may not matter what the Bobcats do. Furthermore, with nothing to be gained from either winning or losing against the Bulls, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Bobcats rest some of their key components against the Bulls.

The question is, will the Bulls do what’s necessary to solidify their playoff spot? With D-Rose leading the way, you have to like their chances. In other news, it certainly looks like Marissa Miller enjoyed what she saw from Chicago’s young gun.