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April 2011 Archives

Bulls Win Indiana Series

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Bulls Game Notes For Game 5 vs. Pacers

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* All four games in this series have been decided by six points or less.

* Indiana is 2-0 all-time in Game 5 of a Best-of-7 series when trailing the series three games to one. But both of those Game 5s were at home, and both times the Pacers went on to lose the series in six games.

* The Bulls are outrebounding the Pacers by 10 boards per game (48.5 to 38.5) in this series.

* Danny Granger is averaging 8.0 points per game prior to halftime as opposed to 14.0 ppg after halftime so far in this series.

* Joakim Noah is one of three players averaging 10+ points, 10+ rebounds and 2+ blocks per game this postseason, Serge Ibaka and Tim Duncan being the others.

* Derrick Rose expects to play despite injuring his ankle in Game 4. After averaging 37.5 points on 43.8 percent shooting in the first two games of this series, Rose has averaged 19.0 ppg on 25.0 percent in the last two.

Rose Wants To Play Tuesday

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Bulls Drop Game 3

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Bulls Game Notes For Game 3 @ Indy

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* Chicago is 12-1 when leading a seven game series 2-0, tied for the fourth best record among current franchises (Minimum10 series).

* The Pacers are 4-0 in Game 3's after dropping the first two games in the series on the road; however Indiana has gone on to lose each of those four series.

* The Bulls are averaging 53.0 rebounds per game this postseason, the highest rebounding average since the Houston Rockets back in 1985 averaged 56.8 rebounds per game.

* Derrick Rose has made 31 free throws in the first two games of this series, the most made free throws in the first two games of a playoff series since Kobe Bryant made 32 against the Jazz back in 2008.

* After scoring 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting in the second half of Game 1, Tyler Hansbrough scored 0 points on 0-for-6 shooting in the second half of Game 2.

* Danny Granger is averaging 25.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in his last five home games against the Bulls.

Bulls Take Opener

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Bulls Come Back To Beat Pacers

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Bulls Win Game 1 Over Indy

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Derrick Rose Ready For Bulls Playoff Opener

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Coach T Ready For Pacers Opener

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Bulls Game Notes For Game 1 Saturday vs. Indiana

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* Chicago won three of its four games against Indiana this season. Overall, the Bulls have won their last six - as well as 10 of their last 11 - home games versus the Pacers.

* The Pacers return to the postseason for the first time since the 2005-06 season, when they lost in the first round to the Nets, four games to two. At 37-45, Indiana is looking to become the first team with a losing record to win a playoff series since the 1986-87 SuperSonics (39-43) - who ended up winning two series before losing to the Lakers in the conference finals.

* The Bulls won 62 games this season - their most since the 1997-98 season (62-20). Of course, that was the year they won the last of their six NBA titles. This year's Bulls squad enters the postseason riding a nine-game win streak.

* Indiana is 8-2 all-time in Best-of-7 series when it wins Game 1, as opposed to 1-7 when it loses Game 1.

* This is the first time the Bulls have had home-court advantage in a first-round playoff series since 2006-07, when they swept the Heat.

* Danny Granger is averaging 25.0 points per game and shooting 44.4 percent from three-point range in his last eight contests against the Bulls.

* Derrick Rose has scored 20 or more points in five straight playoff games. He is averaging 22.7 points per game in his postseason career - 13th highest among all active players, and 6th highest among all active guards (min. 10 PS games).

Bulls Wary Of Being Top Seed

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Bulls Game Notes For Wednesday vs. Nets

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* Chicago has won two of its three meetings with the Nets this season overall and two straight and six of its last seven home games against them.

* The Bulls have won each of their last eight games, including a 103-90 victory over the Knicks last night. Chicago is 17-5 in the second of back-to-back games this season.

* New Jersey has lost four straight and 14 of its last 16 games. The Nets are averaging just 94.2 points per game on the season - the third-lowest scoring offense in the NBA.

* Chicago will be looking to win nine games in a row for the first time since March 19-April 2, 2005.

* Carlos Boozer grabbed 22 rebounds against New York last night, his eighth 20-rebound game of his career. Boozer has scored at least 20 points in four of his last five games against the Nets.

* Brook Lopez is averaging 32.4 points and is shooting 59.6 percent from the field over his last five games. Lopez has scored a total of just 26 points in his last two trips to Chicago.

Bulls Game Notes For Tuesday @ New York

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* New York has won each of the two meetings between these teams this season and will be looking to sweep the season series for the first time since the 1999-2000 campaign.

* The Bulls have won 19 of their last 21 games and have outscored their opponents 101.6 to 92.7 during their current seven game winning streak.

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* The Knicks have won each of their last seven games after losing each of their previous six contests. New York is averaging an Eastern Conference-leading 106.8 points per game this season.

* Derrick Rose has scored at least 30 points in three of his last five games and is averaging 26.2 points in his last five games against the Knicks.

* Carmelo Anthony is averaging 31.5 points in his last eight games and has scored at least 30 points in two of his last three games against the Bulls.

* Chauncey Billups is averaging 17.8 points in his career against the Bulls - the third-highest scoring average in his career against any opponent. 

Bulls Game Notes For Friday @ Cleveland

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* The Bulls have won four consecutive games against the Cavaliers. The last time they faced each other (January 22), three different Bulls (Rose 24, Boozer 20 and Deng 20) scored at least 20 points.

* After winning 17 of their last 19 games, the Bulls have knocked their magic number for clinching home court advantage in the Eastern Conference playoffs to one.

* The Cavaliers have won back-to-back games for the first time since winning three straight games November 5-9.

* The Cavaliers have allowed less than 10 second-chance points in three straight games for the second time this season (also November 19-23).

* Baron Davis has hit multiple three-pointers in each of his last eight games - the longest active streak in the NBA.

* Derrick Rose has averaged 28.2 points and 8.0 assists over his last 11 games, while going 29-for-30 from the free throw line over his last three games.

Pippen Bust Unveiled At United Center

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Bulls Whip Celtics

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Rose Helps Bulls Get Past Suns

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Bulls Game Notes For Tuesday vs. Suns

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* Chicago sits two and a half games ahead of Miami in the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls have not finished first in the East since the 1997-98 season when they went 62-20.

* Phoenix is shooting just 25.3 percent from the three-point line over its last five games. In their previous six games, the Suns shot 42.6 percent from three and made an average of 12 three-pointers per game.

* Over their last 10 games, the Bulls have allowed an average of just 34.6 points in the paint per game and have outscored their opponents there by an average of 13.2 points per game.

* After their loss to the Spurs on Sunday, the Suns were officially eliminated from the playoffs. The Suns have missed the playoffs just twice in in the last seven seasons.

* Derrick Rose has four double-doubles in his last eight games. With six more assists, Rose will become the fifth different player since 1990-91 with 1800 points and 600 assists in a single season.

* Jared Dudley had his second double-double of the season Sunday against the Spurs. Dudley is averaging 17.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game since moving back into the starting lineup.

Pax Talks About Rodman HOF Nod

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Paxson on Tex Winter

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Bulls Game Notes For Saturday vs. Raptors

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* Chicago has won two of its three meetings with Toronto this season.

* Toronto is allowing 109.1 points per game since the All-Star break. The Raptors gave up 104.5 ppg prior to the break.

* Andrea Bargnani has had 20+ points in six of his last seven games.

* Leandro Barbosa is averaging 16.6 points per game since March 11 - second among bench players (J.R. Smith - 17.3).