The Gauntlet Portion of the Bulls Schedule Begins Tonight

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The Gauntlet Portion of the Bulls Schedule Begins Tonight

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The Chicago Bulls could not have asked for a better start to the season. Three teams that finished 11th or lower in their respective conference last season made up this team’s first four contests. It served as the perfect opportunity for a revamped roster to build chemistry and get off to a hot start, which is exactly what they did.

The Bulls sit 4-0 for the first time in 25 years. Each win thus far has come with a mix of highlight plays and smart decision-making, as the star-studded starting lineup that features Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, and Nikola Vucevic has made a strong first impression. But, unfortunately, first impressions aren’t everything in the NBA.

Head coach Billy Donovan’s crew has 78 games left on the calendar, and the next 13 will be about as tough as it gets.

Brace yourself:

10/28 – vs. Knicks
10/30 – vs. Jazz
11/1 – @ Celtics
11/3 – @ 76ers
11/6 – vs. 76ers
11/8 – vs. Nets
11/10 – vs. Mavericks
11/12 – @ Warriors
11/14 – @ Clippers
11/15 – @ Lakers
11/17 – @ Trail Blazers
11/19 – @ Nuggets
11/21 – vs. Knicks

How hard is that nearly one-month stretch? You guessed it! According to Postive Residual, this gauntlet that start and ends with the rejuvenated Knicks over the next 24 days is easily the toughest strength of schedule in the NBA. Yippie!

I guess the good news is that we should have a much better idea of this team’s competitiveness and stamina once the brutal stretch comes to an end. Not to mention, after this 13-game tilt gets scratched off the board, Chicago will drop to having the 10th-easiest remaining schedule in the league.

Still, there is no question the next few weeks will be a pivotal point in this team’s season. I’m not necessarily going to go as far as to say it’s a do-or-die stretch (not this early in the season), but we should know whether or not the Bulls are as scary as their early-season record suggests. Cross your fingers with me!

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Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.