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Danny Granger might have been wise not to anger the Bulls

Apr 11, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

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There is little hope for Indiana in it’s first round, one-versus-eight matchup against Chicago. The debate is really can they win one game or not.

But Pacers star Danny Granger was honest with the Indianapolis Star and in doing so made sure Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau had some bulletin board material to work with.

“Boston’s a different monster,” Granger told the Indianapolis Star. “They don’t have the best record in the East, but they won championships. They know how to do it. They have four, five guys you have to worry about, from (Paul) Pierce, (Rajon) Rondo, (Kevin) Garnett and (Ray) Allen.

“Chicago, they go as Derrick Rose goes. If you make a concerted effort to stop Derrick Rose, you have a better chance to beat them.”

Chuckle at that if you want — nobody really has stopped Derrick Rose consistently — but there’s a lot of people around the league that think that way. That this team defends like the 2008 Celtics but is more the offense of the 2001 76ers (the Allen Iverson show). That’s not our argument, by the way — the Bulls have Carlos Boozer, more consistent contributions from Luol Deng and Derrick Rose has shown an ability to mature his game that Iverson never mastered. But know that attitude is out there.

The only way the Bulls are going to prove that is to beat the Heat and/or Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals. Well, they have to get to those finals first, but I have the feeling the first round will not be much of a problem.

  1. philtration - Apr 11, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    “They won championships”
    Yeah… one in the last 25 years and that one was 3 years ago.

    “The only way the Bulls are going to prove that is to beat the Heat and/or Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals. Well, they have to get to those finals first”

    I believe that the Heat and the Celtics have to get their too.
    Since it looks like they will have to play each other before they ever have to face the Bulls it is safe to say that one of them will not make it to the Eastern Conference Finals.
    In the real world that is.

  2. footballcoach17 - Apr 11, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Bulletin board stuff??? Who is writing this article? Those statements are simply factual comments that does even get one’s blood pressure slightly up. Please find something else to write about. One comment about article and one comment that says this is a silly article.

  3. metalhead65 - Apr 12, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    I am a little confused as to how that is bulletin board material. he did not say if you stop rose you win,he said you a have a better chance if you do. hardly anything to get worked up over and if the bulls need that to get fired up then they will not go very after they beat the pacers.all he said about the celtics was obvious and that is they have a veteran team with alot of championship history.again not excatly contraversial or fighting words.

  4. jstrizzle - Apr 12, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    And exactly what would you have him say? Against the Bulls we have no chance. That would go over much better in the Pacer’s locker room

  5. aboogy123456 - Apr 12, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Are you saying that Derrick Rose is already better than Iverson was? While they are a good comparison, Derrick Rose is no Iverson..yet

    • philtration - Apr 12, 2011 at 12:56 PM

      It is true that Rose is no Iverson but not in the way that you mean.
      He even shows up for practice.

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