Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. This may sum up another stupendous season for the Chicago Bulls if they think they're fooling anyone in the post-season. The Bulls again have one of the deepest teams in the league. Their defence is again second to none, first in rebounds per game (46.4) and in points allowed per game (88.9). While this ought to be seen as a great feat, if the Bulls replicate their previous season to a tee, they will again find themselves coming up short. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="174" caption="Rose has missed 24/61 games this season"][/caption] The Bulls have had one of the most banged up starting line-ups in the league. With Rose missing 24/61 games, Deng missing 10/61 and Hamilton missing 39/61 it is hard to argue that the Bulls have not come through the season in great shape. The bench have played as starters in a lot of games and played exceptionally well. But what has changed? Despite the addition of Rip Hamilton, not much (and with the way his brittle body has been holding up all season it's still an open question whether he will be of use in the post-season). Before the Bulls' help can prove they have the cojones in the post-season, all their impressive team play during the season will count for little. In the 2010-11 playoffs many of the Bulls offensive possessions in close games came down to isolation plays with Rose ultimately being overwhelmed. The help must step up in the playoffs as they have all season and not shy away as they did last season. This goes mostly to the starters, namely Boozer, Deng and Noah (but mostly Boozer). Some further worries: Will Rose and Rip mesh in time for the playoffs? Will Deng's wrist hold up til the end (or will it be targeted)? Will anyone other than Rose be able (or allowed) to close out games on offence? With such a deep and talented team. Most of the problems can be cured with coaching. And in the playoffs a simple change of player rotations can make all the difference (think J.J Barea in the starting line-up for the Mavs in '11). If coach Thibodeau can get creative and reward some of his (so far) reliable bench players, the Bulls could keep their offence fresh. A few things that might cure the madness: Kyle Korver playing as big as he has been lately, Deng getting consistent on three's again, Boozer beating on the tough teams like he beats on the bottom-feeders, and possibly running C.J Watson with Rose in some circumstances to make their half-court offence more potent. Ultimately, the Bulls are genuine title contenders and the best 'Team' in the league, but they still have much to prove.