NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Matchups And PredictionsThe NBA lockout-shortened regular season has come to a close and the playoff teams have been decided. Let's take a look at the Eastern Conference matchups to give you insight into who we think will come out on top.
Bulls Explode, Pull Ahead Of Pacers In 92-72 WinLuol Deng scored 20 points, teaming with Derrick Rose in a decisive third-quarter rally that sent the Chicago Bulls to their seventh straight victory, 92-72 over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.
Muller: Bulls Haven't Looked Pretty, But There's No Need To PanicDuring the regular season, many people in the city of Chicago, and plenty more people around the country, were quick to say that they didn’t think the Bulls had what it takes to win the NBA championship this season.
Bernstein: Worry About Rose, Not BoozerSo Carlos Boozer is some combination of injured, old, slow, loud, expensive and bad. Fine.
Bulls vs Hawks: Keys To Game 1After eliminating the Indiana Pacers in five games, the Chicago Bulls now take on their second round opponent, the Atlanta Hawks, in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Rose And Bulls Focused On Next TestDerrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls were tested in the first round by the Indiana Pacers, and they passed. Now Rose and Chicago is gearing up for their next test.
Muller: Bulls Eliminate Pacers, Danny Granger Said What?The Chicago Bulls are moving on to the second round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs after posting a 116-89 beat down over the Indiana Pacers to win the series 4-1.
Thompson: Chicago Shows Its True Colors, AdvancesFor the first time all series, the Bulls were the aggressor from the opening tip. Derrick Rose started Game 5 by attacked the basket and Joakim Noah incited the raucous home crowd with his passion and emotion in the first quarter.
Bernstein: Why Doesn't Noah Always Do That?Not trying to take the easy warm-fuzzies out of a fun night for the Bulls, but I have to ask the question: why should Joakim Noah need the inspiration of his family sitting courtside to come out of the gate playing like that?
Bulls Cruise Past Pacers, Advance To Second RoundThe Bulls last night showed everyone why they had the best regular-season record in the NBA, as they dispatched the pesky Indiana Pacers in a dominating Game Five.
Pacers Coach: 'If We Win This Game Tonight, We Win The Series'The Chicago Bulls have struggled with the Indiana Pacers through the first four games of this first-round series, but have still managed to take a 3-1 lead and can eliminate the Pacers on Tuesday night.
Schuster: Rose Listed As Questionable, But Will PlayDerrick Rose did not participate in the Bulls shoot around practice this morning and officially is being listed as questionable. However, Rose assured reporters that he will play tonight and is feeling better.
Bulls vs. Pacers: Keys To Game 5The Chicago Bulls had a chance to sweep the pesky Indiana Pacers out of the Playoffs in Game 4, but an injured Derrick Rose wasn't able to muster his usual brilliance.
Muller: Derrick Rose Doesn't Need To Play In Game 5Derrick Rose is the most valuable player on the Chicago Bulls, and the entire NBA, this season. The Bulls fans know this. The entire league knows this. The entire world knows this.
Schuster: Rose Definitely Playing, Will Take Pain KillerDerrick Rose sat out practice on Monday with his sprained ankle but says he will play in Game 5, "It's not broke so I'm definitely playing."