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Chris Bosh sees Boston as tougher test than Chicago

Apr 14, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT

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Chris Bosh is not alone on this.

As we started talking to people around the league in preparation for playoff previews, there are a lot of doubters about the Bulls. Oh, they’re good and everyone knows it. But a lot of people think the Bulls have some things to learn about playoff basketball. Things the Celtics have already learned.

Bosh echoed this line of thinking when he went on WQAM in Miami (via Sports Radio Interviews):

“I’m going to go with the Celtics right now because of their experience and where they’ve been. The Bulls, they’re very talented obviously. They earned, and rightfully so, the No. 1 spot in the East. But you know, the Celtics you really never know with them. Last year everybody wrote them off, they were the No. 4 seed and they came within a few minutes of winning an NBA title. So they have guys that have been there many, many times before and they bring a lot of experience.”

What Chicago has done more consistently this season than any team is execute. On offense somewhat, on defense especially. The thinking among the doubters is they cannot do that much better, where Boston (and to a lesser degree the Heat) can improve their execution dramatically.

Can and will are different things. This is going to be one fun playoffs.

  1. fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 14, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Ah, Lebron’s girlfriend speaks!.

  2. chargerdillon - Apr 14, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    I thought Wade was the girlfriend and Bosh was Wade’s ugly sister

    • chitownmatt - Apr 14, 2011 at 6:05 PM

      “The thinking among the doubters is they cannot do that much better, where Boston (and to a lesser degree the Heat) can improve their execution dramatically.”

      The Bulls are good but probably cannot get better… Boston and the Heat are not as good but they might get better.?.?.?

      • philtration - Apr 14, 2011 at 8:28 PM

        More like… The Bulls are good and the other teams will HAVE to get better.

        Since when did being consistently good for an 82 game season become a negative and being streaky hoping you can turn it up a notch become the goal?
        If the Bulls play like they did during the regular season and the Heat and Celtics do the same then the Bulls will be in the finals.

      • Colin Zvosec - Apr 14, 2011 at 8:57 PM

        I think what he means is the ceilings for the Celtics and Heat are higher than it is for the Bulls.

        Not agreeing or disagreeing with the statement.

    • purdueman - Apr 15, 2011 at 12:05 AM

      One thing that all of us except jaded Heat fans can agree on is that Wade/Bosh/La Bitch are indeed an “intimate threesome” and rumor has it that Eldrick from nearby Orlando (the bum pro golfer), wants to make it a foursome too!!! Yeee-haaaa!!!! Ride ’em cowboy!!!

  3. albertbigelowpaine - Apr 14, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    By the way, Boston isn’t getting past the Knicks.

  4. nelson8403 - Apr 14, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    First, Derrick Rose has more playoff experience than Chris Bosh..

    but as for his comments, nobody gives props to the bulls, people were predicting them to win 50-53 games max this year, everyone was thinking of reasons not to give the MVP to Derrick Rose, and they aren’t getting any respect as the team with the best record in the entire league. The bulls will come out of the east, and the heat will learn that you need a team with a bench to win a title

    • thestudiokida - Apr 14, 2011 at 7:12 PM

      1st, Chris Bosh & Derrick Rose both have played exactly two first-round playoff series.

      2nd, consider that a #1 seed reaches the NBA Finals less than half the time.

      3rd, consider that star players like Derrick Rose almost always have their heart broken a couple times before they and their team develop the grit to win in the playoffs. Rose hasn’t had his heart broken in the NBA yet because he hasn’t had a contending team until now.

      Bulls will fall to the Heat or Celtics, but they will be back at it next year and many years to come.

      • nelson8403 - Apr 14, 2011 at 7:36 PM

        Derrick Rose has played one more game in the playoffs than Chris Bosh.

        2nd, that’s not a true stat at all.. in the last 31 years the nba championship has been won by a number 1 seed 71% of the time.. and of those the number 1 overall won it half of the time..

        your third statement would also apply for miami who have a team that just got assembled, have never played together in a playoff series.. and the celtics are the going to win the east? I don’t understand how people give the heat the exception and then say the bulls can’t hang..

      • passerby23 - Apr 14, 2011 at 8:48 PM

        Those are all really good points, but that Bulls defense, homecourt advantage, and the Derrick Rose factor just has the feeling that it’s their time – a changing of the guard. The Bulls gave the Celtics everything they could handle two years ago and I think they take the next step. Boozer has been in big games. Korver’s been in big games. Rose, Noah, and Deng have some experience. Bulls defeat Lakers in 6 games for the title.

      • purdueman - Apr 14, 2011 at 11:52 PM

        The Bulls lesser playoff experience is over blown. How many of you realize the pressure that Rose has already been put under in Chicago by being a hometown kid and the lofty expectations to fill the huge shoes that Michael Jordan left behind? We’re not talking about a team here that plays in a no pressure sleepy cow town like Sacramento you know.

        Many of the Bulls come from strong collegiate pedigrees and have experienced the pressure of March Madness. Noah (Fla – 2 titles), Boozer and Deng (Duke), Rose (Memphis), Asik (several international championship tournaments), Gibson (USC) and Bogans (UK) all have that pressure packed experience under their belts too.

        This Bulls squad has their eyes on the prize; all they want now is one shining moment!

  5. goforthanddie - Apr 14, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Does LeBitch know Bosh is talking to the press?

  6. philtration - Apr 14, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    So how many games did the Heat win against the Bulls this season again?
    That would be none.
    As a mater of fact.. it was the Bulls that made the Miami players cry.

  7. mamba202 - Apr 14, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    The bulls story this year is very similar to the cavs the past 2 years..

    They have the league MVP, the leagues best overall record heading into the playoffs and it seems as though they have all the pieces in place to make a serious run. Their probably going to look dominant in the 1st round, everyone is gonna say they look like the best team but ultimately I think their youth is going to let the hype get to their heads and they will fall to a more balanced, experienced team, whether that’s the celtics/magic/heat. When their backs are against the wall they are going to put the game on rose’s shoulders the same way the cavs did with lebron and you will see that you need more than one outstanding player to win in the playoffs. I don’t think that this is their year but make no doubt they will be a VERY dangerous team for years to come.

    • purdueman - Apr 14, 2011 at 11:33 PM

      I’m sure that Bulls Coach Tibedeau loves the fact that so many people are discounting the Bulls chances this year, but to hear people talk you’d think that this is the first time to the playoffs for all of the Bulls, but it’s not. Here’s their years of playoff experience:

      Rose: 2
      Boozer: 4
      Noah: 2
      Deng: 3
      Bogans: 2
      Brewer: 3
      Gibson: 1
      Thomas: 10
      Korver: 4

      Granted, this doesn’t match up with Boston or LA’s playoff experience but it’s still a lot more than none at all. I heard George Karl on the radio asked about the Bulls having only one scorer in Rose, and he said that’s simply not true since Rose developed a great outside shot because defenses now have to come out to meet/double him at the three point line and that opens up a lot of open shot scoring opportunities for Boozer and Deng.

      This Bulls team also parks their egos at the door and only takes things one game at a time; I just don’t see the added pressure of the playoffs rattling them at all. What offsets the Bulls lesser playoff experience is their fresh young legs when compared to an aging roster of mostly over 30 guys on the Lakers, Celtics and Spurs. JOMO.

    • chitownmatt - Apr 15, 2011 at 1:55 PM

      “they will fall to a more balanced…team”

      You seriously think the Heat or the Magic are a more “balanced” team than the Bulls??? Dude, put down the pipe.

      The Bulls are not the no. 1 because of D. Rose; they are the no. 1 because they are the most balanced team in the NBA right now. Only SA (when healthy) and LA (when awake) can claim to be on par with the overall balance of the Bulls.

      • purdueman - Apr 15, 2011 at 2:31 PM

        chitownmatt… I wish that I could get a hold of what that dude’s smoking!

        Let me see now… Miami… two shooters, one basketball, no point guard, no bench and an overrated, overpaid softie power forward. Lot’s of balance there all right! (NOT!).

        Boston: With Perkins traded, no center. Ya, like that’s real balanced too! (NOT!). Last I checked teams still have to name a player as their “man in the middle” and unless fat old Shaq and Jermaine can get up out of their wheel chairs once in a while to play without the aid of a cane or a walker, Boston simply has none.

  8. purdueman - Apr 14, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Bosh’s stupidity never ceases to amaze me. I guarantee you that Tom Tibideau already has these quotes cut out, blow up and laminated just waiting for the right time to post them up on the Bulls locker room bulletin board.

  9. gmsingh - Apr 15, 2011 at 6:53 AM

    I don’t think Bosh was saying something he didn’t believe, but I really think he should reconsider why a rookie coach has the best record in the NBA. The Bulls are the exact opposite of the Heat: no name players with a fantastic coach.

    • phintasm - Apr 15, 2011 at 8:51 AM

      No name players? Is there something wrong with you? Derrick Rose is going to win MVP. Boozer is an All-Star, Noah is a well-known player to ANYONE that has followed the NBA or College game for the past 5 years. Hell, a few years ago people we ready to label Deng as a future superstar.

    • andyhr17 - Apr 15, 2011 at 9:01 AM

      I would take the supposed Bulls “no name players” over the two and a half men trio Miami. A team composed of three all-stars and little else wins a ton of regular season games. Great teamwork, a bench of role players, and solid coaching wins the playoffs.

  10. bearsbulls34 - Apr 15, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    I guess Ru Paul forgot about that game he had against the Bulls where he made what, 2 of 23 shots, or something like that. The Heat will get pushed around by any team with a legit frontcourt, PG, and bench. The Bulls are among the NBA’s best in all three of those categories, which is why they swept the Heat. Keep talking, Bosh, and enjoy crying some more when your soft team gets KTFO in the 2nd round.

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