COMMENTARY | After a shaky start that included an injury scare involving Derrick Rose (his right hamstring, not his surgically repaired ACL), the Chicago Bulls are starting to pick up a little momentum for the first time this season.
Saturday's convincing home win over the (then) undefeated Indiana Pacers put Chicago's win streak at four games, but also embodied a statement that the Bulls are indeed one of the Eastern Conference's top teams when everything in clicking. But consistency will be key for this group to continue among that discussion.
Here is a look at where the Bulls fare in some of this week's NBA power rankingsL
Yahoo -- Marc J. Spears -- No. 12 (Last week: No. 14)
"Derrick Rose scored 20 points for the first time this season in a win over Indiana on Saturday. Rose averaged over 20 points in each of the three seasons he played before having knee surgery."
For a season that began with such little optimism, things are really starting to look up for Rose and Co.
ESPN.com -- Marc Stein -- No. 9 (Last week: No. 14)
"Normally you'd presume that playing six games in the first 17 days of the season would be a problem in the eyes of hard-driving Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. Yet it would appear that easing into things was a good thing for Derrick Rose judging by the six 3s he just tossed in to slay Indiana."
Resting Rose will probably be a common theme as the Bulls should look to protect their superstar point guard for a potential deep postseason run.
NBA.com -- John Schuhmann -- No. 8 (Last week: No. 13)
"Derrick Rose went from injuring his hamstring on Monday to having what may have been a breakout game (20 points, six 3-pointers) against the league's best defense on Saturday. After hosting Charlotte on Monday, the Bulls play six straight on the road. They're 1-3 away from the United Center, but four of the six opponents are bottom-10 defenses, so this is a chance to build something offensively."
Could the Bulls and Rose be in store for a nice run of success here?
Sports Illustrated (CNN.com) -- Matt Dollinger -- No. 10 (Last week: No. 17)
"That sound you hear? A collective sigh of relief from Bulls Nation, which saw Derrick Rose score 20 points for the first time this season, in Chicago's feel-good rout of Indiana on Saturday. The Bulls have won four straight games by double digits after starting 1-3."
Maybe it was only a matter of time before this group got it together and started playing up to its capabilities.
CBSSports.com -- Matt Moore -- No. 10 (Last week: No. 15)
"Pacers win was terrific, but the back-to-back was a split. Other wins have been against unimpressive teams. But this team is primed for a huge jump back into the top five."
Another impressive week could cement the Bulls back into the discussion as a legitimate contender to dethrone the Miami Heat out East.
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