If the Bulls beat the Nets in Saturday's matinee at United Center, they will finish the first half of the lockout-shortened season on pace for a league-best 52-14 mark.

That's a winning percentage of .788, which would top last season's regular-season best winning percentage of .756 when the Bulls went 62-20.

All of which, of course, matters not a whit unless the Bulls unseat the Heat as Eastern Conference champions.

Players, coaches and executives know this as well as anyone. But in case they forget, and in honor of Game No. 33, here are three areas to feel good and three areas to worry about at the midway mark.