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Video: Hawks Josh Smith with best ally-oop of playoffs

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This was the one Hawks highlight from Thursday night. There wasn’t much to smile about in Atlanta as the Hawks were thumped and knocked out of the playoffs by the Bulls. But there was one highlight in the Highlight Factory. Josh Smith can just flat out get up there. Enjoy. And when you think of [more]

NBA Playoffs: Bulls bounce Hawks, will need more from Boozer vs. Heat

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Chicago’s Game 6 dominance was in no way a surprise. Though Atlanta has played effective basketball at various points during this series, games like this one fall in line with the initial assessments of the Bulls’ superiority. The Hawks exceeded most projections of their playoff performance, but their postseason success didn’t change the fact that [more]

NBA Playoffs: Bulls have questions to answer to avoid Game 7

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For a Bulls team one win away from going to the conference finals, there seems to be a lot of questions. Not about their defense — we know they can lock it down on that end. But about their ability to score on a good defense. About how far Derrick Rose can carry their offense [more]

NBA Playoffs: It wasn’t just Rose, Chicago has a bench

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With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, Carlos Boozer was sitting on the bench. Joakim Noah was right next to him. Keith Bogans was right there with them. Taj Gibson was in, with Omer Asik and Ronnie Brewer. And they were key to the 95-83 win that leaves the Bulls just one [more]

NBA Playoffs: Bulls and Hawks gettin’ serious now

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No secrets, no surprise adjustments at this point. We know how Game 5 in Chicago Tuesday night is going to go down. Kind of. Derrick Rose is going to take at least 27 shots (he has taken at least that many in every game this series) despite the Hawks trapping him and doing everything they [more]