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Carlos Boozer needs to play up to his potential. While Joakim Noah doesn't post much offensive production, the key to the low post offense will lie with Carlos Boozer. Whether or not he can break out and dominate will be one of the keys to the Bulls' playoff success.
As early as the first round, the Bulls will be facing a dominating inside presence in the New York Knicks. If Amare Stoudemire returns soon, Chicago will have to deal with both STAT and Tyson Chandler, the latter coming off an NBA Championship and knowing exactly what it takes to win it all.
Not only does Boozer need to score (currently he's posting career lows of 15.8 points and 8.2 rebounds), but he needs to dominate the boards. As of March 14, the Bulls have grabbed 50 or more rebounds in a game 16 times. When the Bulls do this, they have a record of 15-1. Boozer and Noah together can accomplish this and pull these guys straight to the Finals. Taj Gibson should also be relied on heavily as the first guy off the bench.
The main concern the Bulls will face in the playoffs will be the Miami Heat. These guys do not have a low-post presence. While Ronny Turiaf may bring some hustle, Chris Bosh is afraid of the paint and Joel Anthony is a joke at this point. If the Bulls hope to move past the Big Three, rebounding and low-post offense will paramount.
If Boozer plays any less than he's capable of, he could find himself shipped out of Chicago sooner rather than later. Chicago is almost as unforgiving as New York when its superstars under-perform.