Disguising offenses, defenses key

Updated: February 17, 2005, 11:12 AM ET
By Brian James | ESPN Insider
It's been seven years since the Bulls have been in the playoffs.

Since Michael Jordan left the franchise, the team has not had one player in the All-Star Game.

Bulls fans are some of the most knowledgeable and loyal. Finally, they are getting some reward for their patience.

After an 0-9 start, the Bulls have stampeded into the thick of the Central Division race. If the season ended today, they would own the Eastern Conference's No. 6 playoff seed.

Let's analyze what's changed in the past 37 games – the Bulls are 23-14 in that stretch – and try to forecast whether the Bulls finally will return to the postseason this spring.