Sunday , Mar , 19 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Bulls not seeing red

(Sports Network) – The suddenly-slumping Chicago Bulls have 16 games left to
salvage the season and make a push for the playoffs.

They have lost two in a row and four of their last six games to fall 2 1/2
games behind the Philadelphia 76ers for the eighth and final playoff spot
in the Eastern Conference.

At 29-37, the Bulls will visit the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center
Sunday afternoon. Chicago will then travel to Indiana before playing eight of
the its 14 games at the United Center.

Chicago will need better support from its home crowd in order to make a
realistic push to the postseason.

In the last event at the United Center, the Bulls suffered an 85-84 loss to
Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat. Wade led five Heat players in double figures
with 15 points in the close win.

Luol Deng paced the Bulls with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Kirk Hinrich
contributed 15 points and seven assists for Chicago.

On Sunday, the Bulls will have a chance to get back on track when they visit
conference foe Washington. The Bulls are 1-3 in their last four road games
and 14-19 away from the United Center this season.

Chicago leads the season series with Washington, 2-0, after notching wins on
December 10 and January 27. It has won three of the last four meetings and
will play the Wizards again on April 14.

Washington has won nine of the last 11 matchups with the Bulls in DC.