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Congratulations, Chicago Bulls! You managed to outlast the Brooklyn Nets in a seven-game series, despite a rash of injuries and illnesses that might've forced Tom Thibodeau to enlist the team's water boy and/or towel boy to sop up minutes in the backcourt.
Your reward? No, you're not going to Disneyworld, though you will be in Florida for a bit. Rather, you'll be spending the next week (or two, depending on how tough things get) battling LeBron James and the Miami Heat, who've been resting up since finishing off the Milwaukee Bucks on April 28th.
Good luck! You're going to need it, especially against James.
The near-unanimous MVP mauled Milwaukee all on his own in the first round. That series saw LeBron score 24.5 points on just 14.8 shots (thanks to astronomical 62.3 percent shooting from the field), rip down 7.8 rebounds and dish 6.8 assists in a modest 36.8 minutes per game.
It'd be reasonable to expect that the Bulls would do a better job on James than the Bucks just did. After all, Chicago is renowned for its toughness, intensity and smart scheming on the defensive end, with Thibs serving as the mastermind behind it all.
But, if the regular season is any indication, the Bulls might be in store for a stomping at King James' coronation. In four games against Chicago this season, LeBron averaged 28 points (on 63.8 percent shooting), eight rebounds and 4.5 assists in 37.6 minutes.
The Bulls managed to win two of those meetings, including one that snapped Miami's 27-game winning streak.
Chicago, then, has the chops to steal a game or two from the Heat, though only if LeBron doesn't continue to set the court ablaze with every step, NBA Jam style.