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Bulls keeping an eye on the standings
After beating Miami Wednesday night, the Nets moved into the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, pushing Washington down a notch. That means it could be another first-round playoff series against the New York team, with the winner facing the No. 1 seeded Pacers.
“We can’t look that far ahead,’’ Gibson said, when asked about possibly having to deal with a top-seeded Indiana team. “We just have to look at who is in front of us. The first round is always a doozy, and then we’ll have to figure out what’s going to happen because you never know.
“Between [No. 2 seed] Miami and the Pacers right now, they’re neck-and-neck. You never know who you’re going to play. It comes down to focus on yourself and your teammates, and good things will happen. Right now we’re just trying to focus on finishing this homestand off strong, get some wins, get over this hump. We have a lot of good teams coming in. This is no slouch.’’
Gibson was then asked if he had a preference of a first-round opponent.
“It really doesn’t matter,’’ Gibson said. “I just feel as long as we have a good shot of guys being healthy. Look at all the years I’ve been here and into the playoffs, we’ve always had an injury bug other than the year we went to the Eastern Conference [Finals in 2011]. I’m hoping we can have guys fully healthy this year and give it a full shot.
“I just think a lot of teams in the East right now are getting a lot of veterans, getting strong late. You look how the East is really panning out, especially with Brooklyn last night. Guys are really getting their confidence, getting their legs late in the season, and a lot of veterans can do that. Like Thibs [coach Tom Thibodeau] says, home court is everything. We’re just trying to get the highest seed we can and try and get home court.’’