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  1. NBA Playoffs: Bulls have questions to answer to avoid Game 7

    May 12, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose drives to the net on Atlanta Hawks' Josh Smith during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    For a Bulls team one win away from going to the conference finals, there seems to be a lot of questions. Not about their defense — we know they can lock it down on that end. But about their ability to score on a good defense. About how far Derrick Rose can carry their offense…

  2. NBA Playoffs: It wasn’t just Rose, Chicago has a bench

    May 11, 2011, 2:04 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson celebrates after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, Carlos Boozer was sitting on the bench. Joakim Noah was right next to him. Keith Bogans was right there with them. Taj Gibson was in, with Omer Asik and Ronnie Brewer. And they were key to the 95-83 win that leaves the Bulls just one…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Bulls and Hawks gettin’ serious now

    May 10, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    No secrets, no surprise adjustments at this point. We know how Game 5 in Chicago Tuesday night is going to go down. Kind of. Derrick Rose is going to take at least 27 shots (he has taken at least that many in every game this series) despite the Hawks trapping him and doing everything they…

  4. Hawks’ Smith defends his jump shooting ways (he’s wrong)

    May 10, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Josh Smith hears your complaints Atlanta. He hears the groans in Phillips Arena every time he goes up for a jumpshot outside of five feet. And he wants you to know he things you’re wrong, he told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I’ve been a pretty good perimeter shooter this whole season. If people have been…

  5. Referee Bennett Salvatore admits he blew call against Bulls

    May 9, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    It was one of the key moments at the end of game, another nail in the Bulls coffin in Game 4. The Bulls were down 6 and there was 2:30 left when Derrick Rose was behind the three-point line, got defender Jamal Crawford up in the air then leapt into him as he shot to…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Will the Bulls defense smother the Hawks again?

    May 6, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Game 2 looked like a Chicago Bulls game. Their defense just dominated the Atlanta Hawks, holding them to 73 points on 33.8 percent shooting. Then turn Derek Rose loose, and if he can get 25 points — even if it takes him 27 shots — that will be enough. The key to Game 3 really…

  7. In case you thought otherwise Boozer, Rose to play Wednesday

    May 4, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Charlotte Bobcats

    This was never really in doubt, but we’ll make it official: Carlos Boozer and Derrick Rose will play in Game 2 Wednesday night in Chicago. Coach Tom Thibodeau said everyone participated fully this morning at shootaround and good to go, according to the Associated Press. Boozer is battling turf toe and Rose is playing through…

  8. Report: MRI shows Grade 2 sprain on Derrick Rose’s ankle

    May 3, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Pulling a page from the hockey playoffs playbook — Injury? What injury? — the Chicago Bulls did do an MRI on Derrick Rose’s left ankle (they denied they would) after he aggravated it Monday night on the final play of the Bulls loss to the Hawks. And the news isn’t good according to David Kaplan…

  9. X-rays negative on Derrick Rose’s ankle, but injury matters

    May 3, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    The good news is Derrick Rose’s left ankle is no worse than it was last time. The bad news is that he has not been quite the same since he injured it last time and it really hit home with Chicago in its Game 1 loss. X-rays on Rose’s ankle were negative and no MRI is…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Atlanta shocks Chicago in Game 1

    May 3, 2011, 2:09 AM EDT

    Joe Johnson, Jeff Teague

    It’s time to go back to the drawing board, NBA world. These Atlanta Hawks apparently aren’t ready to crumble under the Chicago Bulls’ might just yet, as the underdog club — predicted by most to win but a single game in this series (or less), and predicted by yours truly to be overrun by Derrick…

  11. NBA Playoffs: With Hinrich out, Rose is set for an onslaught

    May 2, 2011, 6:01 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Kirk Hinrich is doubtful to play at all in the Atlanta Hawks’ series against the Chicago Bulls. As such, the Hawks are doubtful to even remain competitive in the series that will surely spell their playoff end. I hate to foretell a team’s postseason demise in such certain terms, but Hinrich’s absence makes it easy;…

  12. Hawks’ Hinrich likely out for Game 1 with strained hamstring

    Apr 29, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    As if the Hawks don’t face enough challenges taking on the top seeded Chicago Bulls in the second round, it now looks like they now have to go without their defensive-minded starting point guard for at least a game against Derrick Rose. So good luck with that. Kirk Hinrich pulled up lame with a hamstring…

  13. Eastern Conference Round 2 Playoff Preview: Chicago vs. Atlanta

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:19 AM EDT

    Bulls Pacers Basketball

    SEASON RECORDS Bulls: 62-20 (No. 1 seed in East) Hawks: 44-38(No. 5 seed) SEASON SERIES Bulls 2-1, all three games took place in a three-week span in March. The Hawks win was by three points at home, the Bulls two wins (one at home, one on the road) were by 18 and 33 points. PLAYOFF…

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