Chicago Bulls: Eastern Conference finals

Barkley likes Bulls over Heat in East finals

April, 11, 2012
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By ESPNChicago.com
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Luol Deng Dennis Wierzbicki/US PresswireCharles Barkley said LeBron James would have to play like MJ to beat the Bulls.
Charles Barkley believes the Eastern Conference finals will be an entertaining and competitive series, but he's convinced there will be a new team advancing to the NBA Finals this year.

"I thought the (Bulls' win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday) with Rip Hamilton playing well was a great sign," Barkley said Wednesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "I really think they're the best team in the East.

"When they play Miami, it's going to be a knock-down, drag-out ..."

The Heat beat the Bulls in five games in last year's conference finals before falling to the Dallas Mavericks. The Bulls and Heat split two games so far in the regular season and play again at the United Center on Thursday.

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Lovie pulling for Bulls

May, 18, 2011
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By ESPNChicago.com
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Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith hopes the Bulls start something this spring that Smith's crew finishes off in the winter.

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Bulls' 2nd chance points demoralize Heat

May, 16, 2011
5/16/11
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Isaacson By Melissa Isaacson
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CHICAGO -- Nine minutes remained in the first game of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday, more than enough time for the Miami Heat to whittle away a 14-point deficit. But before imploring his team to block out on the boards and move the ball on offense, coach Erik Spoelstra seemed to have his doubts.

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Vegas favors Heat to win conference finals

May, 13, 2011
5/13/11
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Greenberg By Jon Greenberg
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The No. 2 seed Heat, which just finished a 4-1 series over the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics, is a strong favorite, almost 2-to-1, to beat the No. 1 Bulls in the best-of-seven series that starts at 7 p.m. (CST) Sunday at the United Center.


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Analysts are weighing in on whether the Bulls can beat the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals.

Former Bulls center Will Perdue discusses the Eastern Conference finals. Listen Listen

ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy says the strategy when defending superstars like Dwyane Wade and LeBron James is to try to take away layups and free throws and force them to make jump shots. Listen Listen

ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose breaks down the NBA playoffs, previewing Bulls-Heat. Listen Listen

ESPN 1000 analyst Stacey King says the most important thing for the Bulls to do defensively is keep LeBron James and Dwyane Wade off the free throw line. Listen Listen

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Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
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OTHER LEADERS
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StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5