The Chicago Bulls may be sitting atop the Eastern Conference at 53-19 but according to Ronnie Brewer they want the best record in the NBA and are gunning for the San Antonio Spurs:
"We're trying to win as many games as we possibly can because we know it's a tough race in the East," Brewer said after Monday morning's shootaround. "We're not just striving to be the first in our conference. We're trying to go out there and get the Spurs and have the best overall record in the league." (espn.com)
Currently, San Antonio holds the league's best record at 57-16 and are on a three-game losing streak. Without two of their All-Stars -- Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan -- who are nursing injuries, the Spurs might drop a few more games with nine games left in the regular season.
The Bulls are on a four-game winning streak and trail the Spurs by 3 1/2 games.
The Spurs will look to snap their losing streak tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers in San Antonio without the services of Ginobili and Duncan and maintain their hold on the NBA's best record.
It's obvious almost every team in the NBA are after the Spurs at this point of the season for ONE REASON. They still hold the league's best record. Go Spurs Go!
I suspect Ginobili and Duncan will be back together in the lineup after one more rest. The Boston game is huge, but the Spurs should prioritize being healthy above all.
it's true that this is important stretch, but we're not gonna be without Duncan and Ginobili for the rest of this stretch. according to Sean Elliott, he thinks Duncan will be back hopefully by Thursday's game against Boston, and if not, by Friday in Houston. as far as Ginobili goes, he may not be playing tonight, but with a couple of days rest before Thursday, i'm hoping he'll be back for Thursday too. as far as the Bulls wanting to catch up, i seriously doubt that they will win the rest of their games. not every team is perfect, and that's including the Lakers. they will probably lose at least a couple more games at some point, but we just need to make sure we take care of our problems as well.
Getting the top seed throughout the playoffs will be beneficial for the Spurs, they emphasized it form the start! Now is not the time to fold. 3 1/2 games is still a good lead this late in the season.