DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) Never mind all they overcame. The only obstacle that matters now for the Chicago Bulls is the one in front of them.
The Bulls head into Sunday's playoff opener against the Washington Wizards as one of the hottest teams in the NBA. They overcame significant hurdles to win 48 games and secure home-court advantage in the first round.
They lost Derrick Rose to a season-ending injury to his right knee in November after he sat out last season because of surgery on his left knee, and they traded away one of their top remaining players in Luol Deng.