How Chicago Bulls match up with potential playoff opponents

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Tied for seventh place but now with a three-game lead for eighth and just five to play, it's time to begin glancing at how the Bulls match up against their three potential first-round playoff opponents.
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Jim

Northbrook, IL

#1 Apr 5, 2009
The Bulls will be a good home team in the playoff against any team. The main thing that the Bulls can do is play great D in the stretch. We need leadership. Ben Gordon must hit his shots or make a good pass. Go Bulls.
Arif

Plainfield, IL

#2 Apr 5, 2009
I think the Bulls match up best with Orlando. They are still the most inexperienced team if comparing them to the Cavs and Celtics. The Magic are still heavily reliant on their outside shooting which could benefit the Bulls if they continue to throw up 3 point shots. If the Bulls were to be successful, we must attack Josh Howard constantly, trying to draw fouls on him early in the game. On defense, the guards need to do a much better job fighting through screens and not leaving their shooters open for uncontested three point shots.

Since: Aug 08

Springfield, IL

#4 Apr 5, 2009
Chicago has no chance to win a first round series against any of these teams unless Rose, Salmons, and Gordon go absolutely insane (offensively). Boston they have no chance. Period. Cleveland. Nada. Orlando.. it would have to be as I said the big three going off, and the Bulls employing the Hack-A-Howard strategy to the hilt. Bulls would also have to shock the world and play D like they did against Miami in their last meeting. Really, the odds are far even beating the Magic, but hopefully will see some victories, and if the Bulls win two games, that would be fun to watch. Noah and Thomas need to bring it every game. And Derrick needs a crash course in staying tight on his man and steering him to the middle because god knows he won't get any help playig off his man. Go Bulls.
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#6 Apr 5, 2009
The Bulls will beat Boston in the first round.
ProfessorGAC

Morris, IL

#9 Apr 6, 2009
They do not win 4 of 7 against any of these teams. A good showing, given the competition, would be to win 2 games and then wait until next year.
GAC
Brian

Carol Stream, IL

#10 Apr 6, 2009
Wow wheres the FAITH ?
Little T

Chicago, IL

#11 Apr 6, 2009
Amen Brian....Go Bulls!
Bloomie

Bloomington, IL

#13 Apr 6, 2009
The reason the Bulls have a legitimate chance in the first round is because there are no dominant teams in the east. The Cavs have the best record but are 3 - 6 against: Boston, Lakers, Orlando, San Antonio on the road. The Cavs are dominant at home. The Celts are banged up, and without a healthy KG, and Orlando is 3 pt happy. The Bulls have a shot at any of those teams.
Christopher Mitchell

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#15 Apr 6, 2009
So its clear the Bulls are done!!!
Barth

United States

#17 Apr 6, 2009
Tiffany wrote:
Tsk,the bulls gonna be out the first round anyways
You're a really sh1tty fan.
Bloomie

Bloomington, IL

#18 Apr 6, 2009
CentrILMark wrote:
Chicago has no chance to win a first round series against any of these teams unless Rose, Salmons, and Gordon go absolutely insane (offensively).
Let the insanity begin. Rose has a full season under his belt and is a winner. Gordon is looking at $ signs, if he has a good playoffs, he will be offered a large contract. Salmons will be matched against an allstar no matter who the Bulls play, and will rise to the challenge.
Mgray

Atlanta, GA

#20 Apr 6, 2009
Can U say SWEEP? The Bulls would further embarrass it's sports fans.
Bloomie

Bloomington, IL

#22 Apr 6, 2009
Mgray wrote:
Can U say SWEEP? The Bulls would further embarrass it's sports fans.
Ultimately, there is only one successful team, and that is the Champion. Who in your opinion has a chance to win the title? What would be embarrassing is if the team didn't make the playoffs with the #1 draft pick. The team will build on this experience, hopefully, and tweak the roster( either resign Gordon or trade Kirk for a low post option). And tell TC it is time to come home to DePaul, and reestablish the public league pipeline.
Tiffany

Raleigh, NC

#24 Apr 6, 2009
I am dumb.

“FIRE CHILLY! FIRE CHILLY! ”

Since: Aug 08

Rensselaer

#25 Apr 6, 2009
Tiffany wrote:
The bulls might as well give up,they cant upset no body
the bulls are done and im sure they know this, but its about getting the players who are in their future experience in the playoffs.
Greg

Chicago, IL

#26 Apr 6, 2009
Tiffany wrote:
I am dumb.
We are all dumb. Some of us are dumber than others.
Bloomie

Bloomington, IL

#28 Apr 6, 2009
Greg wrote:
<quoted text>
We are all dumb. Some of us are dumber than others.
With the exception of the decade of the '80's with its embarrassing fashion, culture, and social scene, I've tried to regenerate my brain cells.
Bloomie

Bloomington, IL

#29 Apr 6, 2009
Tiffany wrote:
The bulls might as well give up,they cant upset no body
And who are your picks to win the East/West?
Bloomie

Bloomington, IL

#31 Apr 6, 2009
Tiffany wrote:
I am dumb.
So as a man thinketh in his heart, so he shall be... I think, therefore I am...I thought I saw a "Nada Surf" cat...A penny for your thoughts...I think the answer is C...I think I can, I think I can...

“FIRE CHILLY! FIRE CHILLY! ”

Since: Aug 08

Rensselaer

#32 Apr 6, 2009
Bloomie wrote:
<quoted text>
And who are your picks to win the East/West?
shes got a repeat of last year.

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