Last summer, the NBA saw the best free agency class they’ve ever had, hit the open market. The Eastern Conference finals featured some of the big names from that class, and some of those players played up to their free agency hype.
So far this series, the Miami Heat’s Big 3 has really been the Big 2. LeBron James and Chris Bosh have had big games all series, but Chicago-native Dwyane Wade has struggled.
Heading into Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau will be faced with some tough lineup decisions. The Bulls have a roster filled with players either talented offensively or defensively, but few who are both.
After falling to the Heat in Game 3 of the conference finals, the Bulls trail in the postseason for only the second time. With one more game in Miami before returning to Chicago, the Bulls need to make adjustments if they don’t want to return home facing elimination.
Game 1 and Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Bulls and the Heat are polar opposites of each other. After taking the opening game by 21-points, the Bulls now head to Miami with the series all knotted up.
The Bulls went from a 41-41 record to 62 wins and the overall No. 1 seed in the playoffs. But despite the Bulls’ success this season, Tom Thibodeau has always seen room for improvement, and his players believe him.
When the Miami Heat eliminated the Boston Celtics to advance to the conference finals, their celebration was fitting of an NBA Title. When the Chicago Bulls advanced to the conference finals, it seemed as if it were just another win.
In a pivotal game in this Eastern Conference semifinal series, the Chicago Bulls outscored the Atlanta Hawks by 11 points in the fourth quarter and took a 3-2 lead in the series.
The Chicago Bulls lost to the Atlanta Hawks 100-88 on Sunday, leaving the series tied at 2-2 and heading to at least six games. But more concerning than the loss, might be the way the Chicago played down the stretch.
Chicago Tribune Bulls beat writer K.C. Johnson said the Bulls’ loss to the Atlanta Hawks Monday night was “the worst game of the playoffs.”
After struggling with the Indiana Pacers for four games, the Chicago Bulls finally looked like the 62-win team of the regular season. The Bulls cruised past the Pacers with a 116-89 win on Tuesday night.
The Chicago Bulls have a 3-1 lead in their series with the Indiana Pacers, and while it looks like the Bulls will advance, this series has raised a number of concerns for Chicago.
The Chicago Bulls have struggled with the sub-500 Indiana Pacers, but still managed to jump out to a 3-0 series lead. As the Bulls push to make a deep run into the playoffs, certain matchups will work for, and against them.
The Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat are top two seeds in the Eastern Conference, and if the seeding holds up over the first two rounds, they’ll meet each other in the Eastern Conference Finals.
All season the Chicago Bulls have been focused on the task at hand: win the net game, win the Central Division, get the top seed for the Eastern Conference, etc. This mentality starts with head coach Tom Thibodeau.
The Chicago Bulls have five games remaining before the playoffs, so it’s probably a good time for them to start getting their rotation in line for the postseason.
Despite 31 points from Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 97-85, it was only their fifth loss at the United Center all season.
As impressive as Derrick Rose’s stats have been this season, his killer instinct and his ability to take games under his control are what has solidified him as the MVP front runner.
Through the first 68 games of the season, the Chicago Bulls and the Boston Celtics have identical 49-19 records and are tied for the top spot in the conference race, but don’t expect anything to change all that soon.
The Chicago Bulls claimed the top spot in the Eastern Conference, but the team still acts like they’re battle to solidify a playoff spot.