NBA Playoffs 2011: Flaws the Indiana Pacers Exposed Against the Chicago Bulls

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Flaws the Indiana Pacers Exposed Against the Chicago Bulls
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If there is one lesson that the Chicago Bulls learned from their tight series against the Indiana Pacers, it would be to stop playing down to their competitors.

That might not have been the case. I’m sure the Tom Thibodeau philosophy is to approach every competitor the same way. But many thought that Bulls would have no problem getting past the Pacers, the lowest seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Sure, the Bulls took the series 4-1, but for all those who watched every game, cringing until the last few minutes of the fourth quarter, that record is deceiving. The Bulls did suffer their only division loss to the Pacers during the regular season.

Now we’re in the playoffs, when the game really starts to be played.

The Pacers played good, they played hard, but they just could not finish. Yet, in the first three quarters of each game, the Pacers exposed some weak points of the team with the NBA’s best record.

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