But I also happen to think this: Playing without Derrick Rose in the playoffs could actually be a very good thing for the Bulls in the long run.
The Nets are counting on a true home-court advantage against the banged-up Bulls on Saturday night.
The most pressing matter for Brooklyn is trying to find a way to win in Chicago, something it hasn’t done this season. The Nets dropped both regular-season matchups there and lost Games 3 and 4.
Strategically speaking, I can’t imagine a worse matchup — outside of Miami — for the Nets, who lost three of four to Chicago during the regular season.
Anthony took over the No. 1 spot on the league’s sales list on Tuesday, moving past MVP LeBron James and becoming the first Knicks player at the top since the first list was released in 2001-02.
Anthony shouldn’t even put himself in position to get drawn into the game. He needs to fly back home and take the weekend off. He needs to give the Knicks a chance.
A new city, arena and roster have stepped up new expectations. It’s no longer acceptable for the Nets to merely beat up on the weak. This team is built to contend now.
The Knicks’ hot start on the court is paying dividends for the franchise’s merchandise sector. The league released its latest sales-rankings list on Wednesday, with the Knicks leading the team-sales category for the first time since December 2004.
The Nets’ opening night win at Barclays Center was a big step forward for the revitalized franchise.
We heard all about Boomer & Craig’s 6 1/2 hour golfing experience yesterday and were then introduced to two very different Boomers.
With Marcus Camby returning to Madison Square Garden, the present-day New York Knicks are resembling their defensive-strong teams of the late 1990s. Who is to say that New York can’t be the third-best team in the East?
Carmelo Anthony knows the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team headed to London may not be the powerhouse that was expected.
The NBA playoffs serve as a huge reality check for teams, showing them their true weaknesses and where they have to get better if they want to win a title.
Andre Iguodala made the go-ahead free throws with 2.2 seconds left and the Philadelphia 76ers rallied for a 79-78 victory over the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in Game 6 on Thursday night, advancing to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 2003.
Luol Deng scored 24 points, Carlos Boozer added 19 points and 13 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Philadelphia 76ers 77-69 on Tuesday night to avoid a first-round playoff exit.
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