The Bulls are a flawed team, so much so that any dreams of even reaching the NBA Finals seem to be slipping away. But this year’s team could still do something big, it could help derail Golden State’s chase for 72 wins.
With the Golden State Warriors losing Wednesday night to the Denver Nuggets, they are now even with the 1995-96 Bulls team in the loss column. Despite losing in their first matchup, the Bulls will have a chance to hand Golden State their fourth loss a full two weeks before Jordan’s Bulls reached that mark.
Golden State is heading into arguably the toughest stretch of their schedule. After what should be an easy win against the Lakers Thursday night, they will play six consecutive teams that are currently in the playoffs.
The Bulls come at the end of a three-game road streak for the Warriors, who travel to Detroit on Saturday and Cleveland on Monday before playing the Bulls Wednesday.
Golden State then returns home to play the Pacers followed by a San Antonio team that still has a chance to steal the top spot in the Western Conference. Their stretch is closed with a home game against Dallas.
Thur, Jan 14: vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Sat, Jan 16: @ Detroit Pistons
Mon, Jan 18: @ Cleveland Cavaliers
WED, JAN 20: @ CHICAGO BULLS
Fri, Jan 22: vs. Indiana Pacers
Mon, Jan 25: vs. San Antonio Spurs
Wed, Jan 27: vs. Dallas Mavericks
The 72-win Bulls wouldn’t drop their fourth game until February 4, but immediately followed with their fifth loss. A Golden State loss to the Bulls and another loss would, if nothing else, prevent the Warriors from getting out ahead of that historic Bulls team.