2011 NBA Playoff Predictions: Eastern Conference Finals—Bulls vs. Heat

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2011 NBA Playoff Predictions: Eastern Conference Finals—Bulls vs. Heat
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The past two Most Valuable Players in Derrick Rose (left) and LeBron James hope to put their teams in the NBA Finals.

How big is this step for the Chicago Bulls? Well, it marks the first time the Bulls have made the Eastern Conference Finals since 1998—Michael Jordan’s last year in Chicago.

Derrick Rose showed why he was this season's NBA MVP in Game 3 against the Atlanta Hawks with a 44-point, seven-assist performance. Although the Bulls have looked timid under the spotlight this postseason, Chicago closed out Indiana and Atlanta extremely well, winning by at least 20 points on both occasions.

The Miami Heat might have eliminated their biggest hurdle in the Boston Celtics, but they know trophies are not given to teams that win the conference semifinals. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have had their troubles during the season, but both have weathered the storm quite well.   

They are halfway there. If they can keep up this determination, an NBA title will be theirs.

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