Bulls vs. Hawks: NBA Eastern Conference Semis, Let’s Get it On!

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Are you excited for the NBA Playoffs? Are you enthused to see your #1 seeded Chicago Bulls advance past the Indiana Pacers and meet the Atlanta Hawks in the next round? This is crunch time, the big time!

Of course, this Monday, most of us are buzzing about something else.

There was a news story of note released Sunday night. You might have seen a little blurb, a tiny snippet here and there in the media about it. And it’s much bigger and more important than basketball.

But moving back to the United Center. A series with a truly fascinating storyline: point guard battle between original mentor (Kirk Hinrich) and mentee (Derrick Rose) isn’t actually going to happen after all. And the result could prove disastrous for Atlanta.

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Atlanta Hawks Bringing Momentum into Series with Bulls

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The Atlanta Hawks have a lot to feel good about as they upset the Orlando Magic in the first round of the NBA playoffs and reprise their role as the underdog in a round two showdown with the Chicago Bulls.

The Hawks have to be happy with the production they got from their two shooting guards, Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford. Crawford looked unstoppable at times as he averaged 20.5 points per game in the series—6.3 points more than his regular season average. Although he was held to just eight points in Game 5, Crawford scored 23 points or more in the first four games of the series and finished with a 19 point effort on Thursday.

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Bulls Thibodeau Named NBA Coach of the Year

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The Chicago Bulls’  Tom Thibodeau will be named the NBA’s Coach of the Year on Sunday, sources told the Chicago Tribune. A news conference with the Bulls and the NBA is set for 3:30 p.m. CT today at the Berto Center.

He’s well deserving of the award, as the Bulls had the biggest improvement in record of any team in the league. If any NBA team surpassed expectations more than the Bulls this season, it would be difficult to name that team. They added pieces this past summer, but no had them penciled in as the Eastern Conference’s #1 seed.

By Paul M. Banks

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For Chicago Bulls, what a Difference a Thibodeau Makes

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People like Chicago Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau are a rare breed. Have you ever met anyone who literally made their trade their ENTIRE life? Without exaggeration, their life is actually 100% all vocation; and they choose to have zero personal life.

Thibodeau is one of the people. Basketball is his work/life, he has no distractions of a family, dating etc. (Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is the only other celebrity I can think of also fitting this bill, but I’m sure there are plenty of others).

Bulls players talk about how Coach Thibs doesn’t even go out and have social meals with people on the road. He’s all business, all the time, and last night (and in the series overall) that dedication made all the difference. Just like in game one, also with a narrow margin of victory, the added time in game prep has paid off.

By Paul M. Banks

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