The Chicago Bulls got Derrick Rose back in the lineup on Monday afternoon and bounced back from the Nets loss to defeat the Atlanta Hawks. Chicago will host Milwaukee on Wednesday in its last game before the 2012 All-Star break.
The latest power rankings from SB Nation's Tom Ziller have been released, and the Chicago Bulls have claimed the top spot after a 3-1 week. The Bulls have the best record in the NBA, and they were first to 20 wins. Ziller is impressed by the improvement the team has shown this season:
The Bulls have somehow been better than they were last year. Derrick Rose too has improved. This was not supposed to be possible! However, if there's a dark cloud on the horizon, it's that Chicago has already lost to Miami, the team that killed the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals last year.
It's also impressive considering all of the injury problems that Chicago has endured up to this point. That issue may be one thing that makes the loss to Miami a little less troublesome.
With a .773 winning percentage, the Bulls still lead the Eastern Conference, but despite having one more win than the Oklahoma City Thunder (16-3), the Thunder's .842 winning percentage ranks top in the NBA. Ziller's power rankings reflect these peculiarities, ranking the Thunder tops for this week:
You can't understate the Clippers' huge win in Denver on Sunday. While the L.A. offense looked discombobulated late against the Lakers this week, Chris Paul showed that he's the smartest player in the league with the ball in his hands in Denver.
The Chicago Bulls hold the best record in the NBA, so it may not be a surprise that they come in at No. 1 in the most recent edition of Tom Ziller's NBA Power Rankings. But it's still a bit of a feat, considering nearly half of the Bulls' roster is currently out with an injury, including reigning MVP Derrick Rose. But neither Rose's absence, or those of Joakim Noah or Taj Gibson, really derailed the Bulls last week, as the team picked up three victories while only dropping one game.