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  1. NBA Playoffs: It took five games, but Bulls play like contenders

    Apr 26, 2011, 11:56 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    This looked like what we all expected this entire series to look like. The Chicago Bulls dominated Game 5 Tuesday game from the start, were up 11 at the end of one quarter, pulled away in the third quarter and cruised to a 116-89 win. Now they sit around until next Monday (when the NBA…

  2. Pacers coach Vogel: Win Game 5 and we win the series

    Apr 26, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    Pacers' head coach Vogel reacts during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game against the Bulls in Chicago

    Because what the Pacers really want to do is give the Bulls some real motivation, we give you Pacers coach Frank Vogel, speaking at Tuesday’s shootaround (as quoted by several members of the media): “We feel like if we win this game tonight, we’ll win the series.” It sounds like he took the brown acid…

  3. Derrick Rose: “It’s not broken, so I’m definitely playing”

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:58 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    As if you thought Derrick Rose was not going to play to close out the first round… Rose had an X-ray and an MRI, both of which came up negative, so he made it clear to Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago exactly how this was going down, including the needle. “It’s not broken, so I’m…

  4. Scottie Pippen calls out Carlos Boozer for lack of toughness

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:23 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    On the surface, the Chicago Bulls are about to get out of the first round when they win Tuesday against Indiana. And they will point to their star Derrick Rose averaging 28.3 points per game despite all the defensive attention. But the eight-seed Pacers have exposed some questions about the Bulls. Specifically, just how tough…

  5. Bulls’ Rose wearing “precautionary” walking boot for ankle; MRI negative

    Apr 24, 2011, 9:07 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    UPDATE 9:07 pm: According to Aggrey Sam over at CSN Chicago, Rose’s MRI came back negative. So, it is just a minor sprain. Which means like we say in the rest of this post, you can bet he plays the next game. 7:04 pm: Derrick Rose is go for Game 5. And you can expect…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Can the Pacers find a way to win one?

    Apr 23, 2011, 11:59 AM EST

    Bulls Pacers Basketball

    Three games decided by a total of 15 points. The Indiana Pacers have been close in this series. Very close. But when it came to end-of-game execution — and players who can execute under that kind of pressure — Chicago has it and Orlando struggles. The Bulls are up 3-0 and the only question that…

  7. NBA Playoffs: After two moral victories, Pacers search for actual victory

    Apr 21, 2011, 6:18 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    The Indiana Pacers put up a much tougher fight against the Bulls than anybody thought they would in the first two games of their playoff series, even though they lost both games. Like the old Simpsons quote goes: in a way, both teams were winners; but in a more accurate way, the Bulls were the…

  8. Pacers Darren Collison says he thinks he can play Thursday

    Apr 21, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Indiana has played Chicago tough. They’ve been in it. Now they head home for Game 3 Thursday night. The question was would they be in it without Darren Collison, who sprained an ankle when he stepped back into the foot of a cameraman on the baseline last game. Turns out they may not have to,…

  9. Have the Pacers laid out the blueprint to beat the Bulls?

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:03 PM EST

    Tom Thibodeau

    Chicago vs. Indiana was supposed to be one of the blowouts of the first round. Our preview predicted a sweep. What the Pacers liked to do the Bulls could defend, and the Bulls had Derrick Rose. Two hard fought games in, the questions are not about this series — the Bulls are going to win…

  10. Pacers Darren Collison leaves game with ankle sprain, does not return

    Apr 18, 2011, 11:53 PM EST

    Darren_Collison

    As if things were not challenging enough in this series for the Indiana Pacers…. Late in the second quarter the Pacers starting point guard Darren Collison rolled his ankle when he stepped on the foot of a camera man out of bounds along the baseline in what was a fluke accident. Collison sat out the rest…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Bulls will improve in Game 2, can Pacers?

    Apr 18, 2011, 8:45 PM EST

    Bulls' Rose passes the ball around Pacers' Hibbert during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    The Indiana Pacers came out of Game 1 — where they led until the final minute and almost pulled the upset — thinking that they can play with the Chicago Bulls. But can they? The Bulls can play much better than they did in game one — look for them to focus on tightening the…

  12. Video look back at Bulls season

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Charlotte Bobcats

    Since we’re all about giving the Bulls plenty of love today, why not some video. From the fine folks at CSN Chicago, we have a little video look back and tribute to the Bulls season. Something to get Bulls fans pumped up to… well, not sure you need to be pumped up to beat Indiana.…

  13. With the Bulls, it’s about this year. And the five after that.

    Apr 15, 2011, 12:01 AM EST

    New Jersey Nets v Chicago Bulls

    This season wasn’t supposed to be about the Bulls. It was about the flash of the Heat and the intensity of the Celtics making one more run. It was about the Lakers out West. The Bulls were going to be good, no doubt, but not good enough. Then they started defending like mad men, executing…

  14. NBA Playoff Preview: Chicago vs. Indiana

    Apr 14, 2011, 4:19 AM EST

    Josh McRoberts, Derrick Rose

    SEASON RECORDS Bulls: 62-20 (No. 1 seed in East) Pacers: 37-45 (No. 8 seed) SEASON SERIES Bulls 3-1, with the Pacers winning the most recent when Roy Hibbert and Tyler Hansbrough just took over. OFFENSE/DEFENSE RANKING (points per 100 possessions) Bulls: Off. 105.4 (12th in NBA); Def. 97.4 (1st in NBA) Pacers: Off. 101.8 (23rd…

  15. Danny Granger might have been wise not to anger the Bulls

    Apr 11, 2011, 5:43 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Boston Celtics

    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…

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