2010 NBA Playoff Bracket: A Complete Cleveland Cavs vs. Chicago Bulls Breakdown

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2010 NBA Playoff Bracket: A Complete Cleveland Cavs vs. Chicago Bulls Breakdown

If the Cavaliers are going to capture their first ever NBA title and bring a long-awaited championship to the city of Cleveland, they'll have opportunities to vanquish past demons and failures that still haunt their die-hard fans.

Sure, there's a chance to erase last year's debacle against Orlando, and 2008's excruciatingly painful Game Seven loss to Boston.

But in the first round, they'll get a chance to exact some revenge on the Bulls (for the fans' sake, of course), a team that eliminated Cleveland five times in seven years in the late '80s/early '90s.

Chicago won 10 of 14 to close the regular season and grab the eighth seed from the Toronto Raptors. One of those wins came against the Cavs, a 109-108 win last Thursday (LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal did not play).

Cleveland lost four in a row to close the regular season, all without the services of the soon-to-be back-to-back MVP. They'll attempt to become the second team in NBA history to lose four in a row to close the regular season and win the Larry O'Brien Trophy (the '70 Knicks were the other).

The Cavs looked antsy and restless in the last two weeks, like a team that was desperate to finally play a meaningful game. They'll finally get their wish on Saturday.

Most pundits and experts will immediately place the Cavs in the second round. Is this series basically a formality?

Or can the young, upstart Bulls pull a repeat performance of last year's playoffs and push Cleveland to the brink?

Let's break it down...

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