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  1. Scottie Pippen calls Carlos Boozer “liability”

    May 28, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Scottie Pippen was on fire Friday. Not in a “that man speaks the truth” way so much as a “he’s going to get a lot of ink” way. After lighting a fire with his Jordan/LeBron comments, Pippen spoke with ESPNChicago late on Friday and called out Carlos Boozer for his play for the Bulls in…

  2. Who is MVP? LeBron shut down Rose during series

    May 27, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Versatility. It was the key to why Miami was able to defeat Miami. While the Bulls had offensive and defensive specialists they tried to go with — Taj Gibson or Carlos Boozer? — the Heat could leave their best guys on the floor. And mix and match. Like have LeBron James guard Derrick Rose with…

  3. Video: Luol Deng dunks on LeBron

    May 27, 2011, 9:08 AM EDT

    Heat's James tries to block a shot by Bulls' Deng as Bull's Noah follows the play during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    Nothing is really going to cheer up Bulls fans this morning. None the less we bring you this, one of the better Bulls highlights from Game 5. It’s when Luol Deng stole the pass then out ran LeBrom James down and made sure there would be no chase-down block by dunking emphatically on him. It…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Back in sweet home Chicago can Bulls extend series?

    May 26, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    In one key way, the Eastern Conference Finals have been a lot like the Western Conference Finals — it has been about the fourth quarter. Miami has turned up the defensive pressure late and the Bulls have wilted in the final stanza. In the fourth quarter of the last three games the Bulls have shot…

  5. Mike Miller playing through physical, emotional pain

    May 26, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    Mike Miller is going to be a big key for the Miami Heat come the NBA finals. Even in trying to close out the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 Thursday night. But it’s not going to be easy for him, physically or emotionally. Physically, Miller is playing through a ruptured tendon in his left thumb,…

  6. Winderman: Mike Miller gives Heat big thumbs up

    May 25, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    What has no thumbs and yet could give the Heat a grip on the NBA title for the next few seasons? Mike Miller. Still recovering from preseason surgery on his right thumb and poised for offseason surgery on his left thumb, the veteran swingman stands as an example of how much a player with a…

  7. Thibodeau thinks Derrick Rose not getting the calls

    May 25, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Derrick Rose has averaged 6.5 free throws a game so far in the Eastern Conference Finals, which is down just slightly from the 6.9 trips to the line he averaged during the regular season. But Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was expecting a lot more. And he’s blaming the officials. Kind of. In an “I don’t…

  8. Video: Derrick Rose just abuses rim, Joel Anthony

    May 25, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    In the first half of Tuesday night’s Game 4, Derrick Rose attacked the rim as hard as he has all playoffs. Maybe all season. He was determined to break down the Heat’s defense. One result of that was one of the best dunks of the playoffs — a monster throwdown where he weaves through the…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Bulls bring energy but shooting betrays them

    May 25, 2011, 2:03 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    Derrick Rose was true to his word, he attacked the rim with a recklessness and aggressiveness not seen in this series. The Bulls played defense with energy and desperation not seen this series. And it was not enough — in the end they simply did not shoot the ball well enough from the outside to…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Whole lotta Rose for Bulls, but they need more

    May 24, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Derrick Rose is going to try and make Tuesday night his signature game. He has said he plans to come out and be much more aggressive attacking the Heat’s double team. It’s not that simple, and it will not be enough for the Bulls — they need more complete team effort on both ends of…

  11. Derrick Rose vows to be more aggressive in Game 4

    May 24, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    For three games now, Derrick Rose has come off the top of the high screen and saw a line of defenders. Sometimes it’s a trap and a traditional double team. Sometimes its more of a soft double with the next guy just rotated over ready to come — the Heat have the athletes to come…

  12. Bulls need to space floor or things not going to change

    May 23, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Derrick Rose had no room to operate. The minuscule gaps in defenses that he contorted his way through this season have disappeared the last couple games against the Heat. There is no room. Finally Carlos Boozer stepped up and gave the Bulls 26 points and 17 boards in Game 3. But that was not enough.…

  13. Carlos Boozer’s words motivated Chris Bosh, a little

    May 23, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    Back before the series, Carlos Boozer said that the Miami Heat have two great players. Which was taken as a dig at Chris Bosh. Because it was. Chris Bosh finally addressed it after dropping 34 points on Boozer and the Bulls in Game 3 (he also dropped 30 in Game 1). Well he kind of…

  14. Video: Chris Bosh gets it going, drops 34 on Bulls

    May 23, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    It’s one of the things that makes the Heat such a tough matchup — their third offensive option is frighteningly good. Chris Bosh got it going on Sunday night back home, taking it to Carlos Boozer and the rest of the Chicago Bulls, dropping 34 points on them. He got some space early, knocked down…

  15. NBA Playoffs: Can Bulls find answers to Heat’s questions?

    May 23, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

    Heat's James and Haslem celebrate a basket against the Bulls during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball series in Miami

    LeBron James didn’t really get going as a scorer (holding him to 22 points is keeping them in check). Same with Dwyane Wade who had just 17 points. The Bulls grabbed 32.5 percent of their missed shots for offensive rebounds. The Bulls limited the Heat’s transition points. Carlos Boozer put up 26 points with 17…

  16. Heat’s Haslem sits out practice Friday just as precaution

    May 20, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem celebrates a basket against the Chicago Bulls during Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    Udonis Haslem, the man off the bench that helped change the Heat’s fortunes in Game 2 and even the series, sat out practice Friday because of his surgically repaired foot. Relax Heat fans, it’s just precautionary. Deep breathes. Haslem stayed out of running drills, according to a tweet from our man Ira Winderman with the…

  17. LeBron James is suddenly looking very clutch

    May 19, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Fair or not, deserved or not, the national narrative on LeBron James has been that he wasn’t clutch. For all the games he took over, despite some impressive endings, the perception that he quit in Game 5 against the Celtics last season seemed the dominant memory for many. LeBron doesn’t have a ring. Kobe has…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Udonis Haslem is back. Miami just got better.

    May 19, 2011, 12:31 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem celebrates a basket against the Chicago Bulls during Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    When the Heat roster was in upheaval this summer, clearing out cap space to chase a three-man dream team, Udonis Haslem was a free agent. A free agent drawing interest from around the league because every team could use a forward who will do the dirty work and can bury the midrange jumper. To show…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Can Heat rebound — literally — against Bulls?

    May 18, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    These are two very good defensive teams. They will contest virtually every shot, jump passing angles and not let players get to the spots they want on the floor. In Game 1, the Bulls responded to that challenge by going to their strength in this series and crashing the offensive glass ferociously. The result was…

  20. Video: Five monster dunks from Heat/Bulls Game 1

    May 16, 2011, 11:15 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Gibson dunks over Miami Heat's Wade during their NBA playoff basketball game in Chicago

    No NBA playoff games on Monday night, and I know some of you are jonesing. Going through withdrawals. Getting the shakes. We’ve got a fix. Courtesy the fine folks at NBA.com we give you five monster dunks from the Bulls and Heat Game 1. Like we said going in, there were so many great athletes…

  21. Video: Taj Gibson was a highlight factory Sunday night

    May 16, 2011, 12:30 PM 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

    We already showed you how the Bulls Taj Gibson was not very welcoming to Chicago native Dwyane Wade Sunday night. But tat was not all Gibson did. He also had the most spectacular of the 19 offensive rebounds the Bulls grabbed in Game 1, a thunderous putback for two. Another case of the Heat defense…

  22. Video: Taj Gibson returns the favor to Dwyane Wade

    May 16, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Bulls' Gibson celebrates after a dunk on the Heat during Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    Dwyane Wade dunks on a lot of people. Taj Gibson returned the favor two him during the Bulls Game 1 beat down of the Heat Sunday night. It was a transition play where C.J. Watson is leading the break but leaves it back for Gibson. You see Wade turn but it’s too late for him…

  23. Riley should remind Heat that no rebounds = no rings

    May 16, 2011, 1:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    The Miami Heat shot the ball just as well as the Chicago Bulls. It didn’t feel that way at all, but the Bulls shot 43.7 percent in Game 1 and the Heat shot 47.1 percent. Use effective field goal percentage to account for all the Bulls made threes and it is a nearly identical 49.4…

  24. NBA Playoffs: Bulls look like beasts of the East in Game 1

    May 15, 2011, 11:37 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    It was a line buried in PBT’s Game 1 preview but it ended up telling you all you needed to know — both of these teams can defend so it was about who got the easy buckets. For Chicago, that meant offensive rebounds — and they went out grabbed 19 of them, a full 41.7…

  25. NBA Playoffs: Heat vs. Bulls Game 1 all about defense

    May 15, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson guards the Miami Heat's LeBron James during first quarter NBA basketball action in Miami

    There will be spectacular plays because this series features three of the most dynamic players in the league. Derrick Rose will break somebody’s ankle with a crossover, LeBron James will destroy someone in the open court. Bank on it. But highlights will not win this series. Defense will. That starts with Game 1 Sunday night…

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