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UC roar brings back memories for Vogel

4/18/2011

Frank Vogel compared the noise in the United Center during Game 1 on Saturday to what he heard in Boston's Fleet Center during a playoff game in 2002 when he was an assistant coach. The Celtics overcame a 21-point fourth quarter in that game to beat the New Jersey Nets.

"It's been a while since I've been in the playoffs, but it really reminded me of when I was in Boston," he said before Game 2 on Monday. "We had the 21-point, fourth-quarter comeback. And that was the loudest building I've ever been in. The other night was like that."

The United Center erupted Saturday when the Bulls came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat the Pacers 104-99.

Thibs defends Boozer: Carlos Boozer took a lot of heat for Tyler Hansbrough's 22-point effort in Game 1, but Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said it wasn't entirely Boozer's fault.

"He gets blamed for everything. Carlos is a terrific player," Thibodeau said. "He started off the game very aggressively, got in some foul trouble, and he was limited after that.

"He wasn't responsible for all of our defense. I can assure you of that. Defensively we have to do a much better job [as a team]."