NBA Playoffs 2011: 10 Burning Questions Facing the Miami Heat in East Finals

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NBA Playoffs 2011: 10 Burning Questions Facing the Miami Heat in East Finals
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The Eastern Conference Finals have finally arrived, and they will feature a team that started the season with championship aspirations and another one that became a contender seemingly overnight.

Led by league MVP Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls took the NBA by storm during the regular season and led the Chicago Bulls to a 62-20 record. Miami, while facing its fare share of struggles during the season, seemed to peak at the right time and is playing its best basketball of the season.

There are several storylines going into the series: James will seek to validate his choice of Miami over Chicago, Rose will seek to stake his claim as perhaps the league's best player by ousting two top five players in the same series, the Bulls franchise has won four of the previous five series against the Heat and has never lost a conference final series against Miami.

The Bulls will look to continue that trend.

But perhaps the most interesting storyline is history: Can the Bulls, a team that basically centers around the efforts of one superstar and several solid role players, beat a team with more star power at the top? We shall see in about 48 hours.

In the meantime, here are the top 10 burning questions facing the Heat as they enter the conference finals.

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