Bulls' breakdown builds up Hawks

Young team still has much to learn about the mind games of playoff basketball

Updated: May 3, 2011, 12:32 PM ET
By Michael Wilbon | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- A critic could lose his edge trying to find fault with the Chicago Bulls ... until Monday night.

Rarely had the Bulls done anything wrong. They didn't lose three straight games all season. They had, by any reasonable count, six or seven bad nights in a regular season that lasts 5½ months. The Bulls came closer to reaching their maximum potential than any other team in the NBA this season, which is why Tom Thibodeau was named the league's coach of the year Monday ...

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