With seemingly half their roster on the shelf, the Chicago Bulls chances for homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs continued to slip away on Tuesday due to a 101-98 loss to the Toronto Raptors. The Bulls are dealing with injuries to Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, and are now three games back of the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference thanks also to the Brooklyn Nets' blowout victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Bulls' two-straight losses have them barely holding on to the No. 5 seed, as they are now just a half game ahead of the Atlanta Hawks, who have lost three straight. The Boston Celtics are not far behind, sitting two games behind Chicago in the No. 7 spot.
Toward the top, the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers both nabbed victories, so the Knicks remain 2½ games ahead of the Pacers for the No. 2 seed.
Here are the full East standings:
|New York Knicks||77||51-26||.662|
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