The Bulls are heading in the the All-Star break on a high note. Chicago had just won the last four games, two of which were against Michael Jordan’s Bobcats and first place Spurs.

Carlos Boozer’s grin was as wide as the lane.

The Chicago Bulls had just finished off another opponent, this time old friend Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats, and he could hardly contain himself.

At 38-16, the Bulls already have nearly as many wins as they did in each of the previous two seasons (41) thanks to an offseason overhaul and Derrick Rose’s emergence as an MVP candidate. They’re challenging for the Eastern Conference’s top seed, right there with big, bad Boston, not to mention the South Beach superstars in Miami and Superman a few hours north in Orlando.

No wonder Boozer was smiling. And that was earlier in the week, before Chicago knocked off San Antonio on Thursday.

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