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Playoffs: Scouting Cavaliers-Bulls

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Cavs-Bulls Preview

The NBA Tonight crew previews Cavs vs. Bulls in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Insider offers a breakdown of every playoff series using an expert combination of scouting from Amin Elhassan and advanced metrics from Bradford Doolittle to answer three crucial questions. Also included are predictions from the writers, and ESPN's NBA Basketball Power Index projection for the series. Below is a series preview for the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers.

For four years, Tom Thibodeau has been pointing at this series. It seems like a long time ago when in his first year as an NBA coach Thibodeau led Chicago to a league-high 62 wins, helped Derrick Rose win an MVP award, and won the Coach of the Year. That Bulls team reached its ceiling in the Eastern Conference finals, when in a very competitive five-game series, the Bulls were beaten by LeBron James and the first version of the Miami Heat dynasty in the East. Since then, the Bulls have never been healthy at playoff time, with Rose, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng all either absent or lesser versions of themselves.