NBA Playoffs 2011: 5 Things Atlanta Hawks Need to Do to Beat the Chicago Bulls

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NBA Playoffs 2011: 5 Things Atlanta Hawks Need to Do to Beat the Chicago Bulls
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If Crawford sees the referees doing this after he shoots, it could spell doom for the Bulls

Kudos to the Chicago Bulls for earning the top seed in the eastern conference and advancing to the conference semifinals for the first time in eons.

It is a testament to their coach and their grit/determination as a team.  That being said, it doesn't mean that they cannot be beaten.  They have shown enough of their weakness to give teams like the Atlanta Hawks hope that they can compete with them.

We know about Derrick Rose, and how he can carry this team on his back if necessary.  The rest of the team gets it done in a blue collar kind of way.

They are fundamentally sound.  They are where they are supposed to be on offense, and especially on defense, all the time.  They beat you up physically, and then when called for, they seem to be able to hit the big shot in the fourth quarter.

The Hawks were not the most consistent team this year, but that doesn't matter in the playoffs.  They actually match up pretty well with the Bulls. 

If they can get big performances from a couple of their stars, they can find themselves in the conference finals.  They haven't played like it all the time, but the Hawks have a lot of talent.

They play a similar style to the Bulls, but they are just not as disciplined.  Here is what needs to happen for them to pull off the upset and send the Bulls packing.

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