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NBA Playoff Predictions 2011: Why the Chicago Bulls Can't Wait to Play Boston

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NBA Playoff Predictions 2011: Why the Chicago Bulls Can't Wait to Play Boston
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The Chicago Bulls are the second hottest team in the NBA right now. The Boston Celtics can't seem to get their act together. The Bulls and Celtics meet for the fourth and final time of the regular season on April 7.

Last season, the Celtics were the team to come out of the Eastern Conference and advance to the NBA Finals. Coming into the 2010-11 season, the Celtics were favored to repeat their performance and come out of the East again.

With the Cleveland Cavaliers losing LeBron James to the Miami Heat, they were no longer considered a contender. Their downfall was projected, but they fell even further than most expected. The Heat were considered the closest contender to the Celtics, with the Orlando Magic earning mention in the discussion.

The Atlanta Hawks were considered by many to be a distant fourth. The Bulls were looked at to finish in the bottom half of the playoff race. No one fully knew what to expect from new addition Carlos Boozer. As for the rest of the Bulls, they were considered a young unit with tremendous upside.

It was up in the air as to when the Bulls would storm up the rankings and contend for titles.

Well, thanks to Derrick Rose's stellar progression as a player, that time is upon us already. The Bulls currently hold a two-game lead on both Boston and Miami.

Here's a handful of reasons why the Bulls are itching to take the court with the Celtics on April 7.

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