Five Things to Watch: Bulls' playoff push continues against Magic tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls' playoff push continues against Magic tonight on CSN

Watch as the Bulls take on the Orlando Magic tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Bulls Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

1. Let's play two. With only two regular season games remaining on the schedule, it's do-or-die for the Bulls. Luckily or unluckily (still trying to figure it out), the combined record of the team's last two opponents is 48-112. Fred Hoiberg's team controls its own destiny, which should make things interesting against the Magic tonight and Nets in the finale. 

2. Turn back the clocks. Now would be a great time for March Mirotic to return. Nikola is shooting just 39 percent from the field in five April games, down a full 10 percent from March. For the Bulls to seal that playoff spot, Mirotic has to channel his scorching March alter ego. 

3. Dwyane Wade. There was some noise that the Bulls' offense functioned better when Wade wasn't playing. That's probably an overstatement, but there is something to be said about the movement that was being created without No. 3 on the floor. In his return, he scored 14 points and collected seven rebounds in 24 minutes. The Bulls need an efficient Wade to get back to winning. 

4. Check Elfrid Payton. The Magic haven't committed to Elfrid Payton as their point guard of the future, but the 2014 first-round pick has quietly had a nice two month stretch. Since the beginning of March, Payton is shooting over 50 percent and averaging over eight assists per game. Keeping Payton out of the lane will be big for the Bulls' defense, especially since he's not a three-point shooter. 

5. Take care of business. Sans Payton and Nikola Vucevic, the Magic are thin. Jimmy Butler and the Bulls should be able to run past them. Given the game is at the United Center should only help, too. These are the games you have to win, so let's see if Chicago will take care of business or continue to be an enigma. 

Could Derrick Rose reunite with Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota?

Could Derrick Rose reunite with Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota?

Tom Thibodeau was without Derrick Rose for the first time in his head-coaching career last season, coaching the Timberwolves while Rose suited up for the New York Knicks.

But a reunion may be on the horizon. Rose is an unrestricted free agent and the Timberwolves, though they don't have a real need at point guard, are showing interest in the Chicago native. We'll have to wait until July 1, when free agency begins, to see what happens.

See what special guest Nick Friedell, Bulls beat reporter for ESPN, had to say about the topic on SportsTalk Live in the video above.

Could Derrick Rose reunite with Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota?

Could Derrick Rose reunite with Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota?

Tom Thibodeau was without Derrick Rose for the first time in his head-coaching career last season, coaching the Timberwolves while Rose suited up for the New York Knicks.

But a reunion may be on the horizon. Rose is an unrestricted free agent and the Timberwolves, though they don't have a real need at point guard, are showing interest in the Chicago native. We'll have to wait until July 1, when free agency begins, to see what happens.

See what special guest Nick Friedell, Bulls beat reporter for ESPN, had to say about the topic on SportsTalk Live in the video above.