Chicago’s second round schedule

From ESPNChicago:

Game 1
Monday, May 2, on TNT

Game 2
Wednesday, May 4, on TNT

Game 3
Friday, May 6, on ESPN

Game 4
Sunday, May 8, TBD

Game 5*
Tuesday, May 10, on TNT

Game 6*
Thursday, May 12, on ESPN

Game 7*
Sunday, May 15, on TNT

*If necessary

Game times to be announced.

Obviously, the Bulls will have homecourt advantage over either the Hawks or Magic. That means Games 1, 2, 5 (if necessary) and 7 (again if necessary) will be in Chicago.

In case anyone is wondering which team I would rather the Bulls face, here’s the answer:

The Hawks.

The primary reason being there isn’t anyone on that team the Bulls can’t stop. Conversely, I’m not sure they would be able to shut down Dwight Howard, unless David Stern lets them use a tank. Unlikely.

Of course, in the final analysis, I’m more worried about the Bulls than who they face. Derrick Rose (ankle) and Carlos Boozer (turf toe) need to be healthy, and the team must play better than they did against the Pacers. Particularly on offense. Hopefully their first round struggles will turn out to be one of those “rally the troops” experiences.

13 Responses to Chicago’s second round schedule

  1. SuperJoe April 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    I want them to face Orlando because then I can drive down from Jacksonville to watch some games :) (Of course Atlanta isn’t too far from Jacksonville either)!!

  2. Brian April 28, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    dude, i live in Orlando. if it’s here, i’m going to every game possible. if it’s in Atlanta, i’ll probably go to at least one. road trip it!

  3. Ryan April 28, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    Gotta root for the ex-Bulls and ATL to pull out one more win.

  4. rpe4t@virginia.edu'
    Rob April 28, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    The biggest thing I’d be worried about with facing the Magic would be Rose getting hurt. I know that seems like a silly reason to not want to play a team, but I remember Rose getting battered by Howard and missing a good amount of game time multiple times against Orlando last year. It has been better this year, but any hard “playoff” foul from Dwight Howard could essentially end the Bulls season.

  5. inkybreath@gmail.com'
    inkybreath April 28, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    Rob – There is nothing silly about that, to me. I cringe every time they play the Magic, ever since last year, when Rose took more than one Bad spill.

    If I were game-planning, I would keep Rose out of the lane for a bit, let Deng do some slashing and give Noah and Boozer the chance to get some fouls going on Howard. Then, let Rose do his thang …

    But, I never underestimate Stan Van Gundy … dat is one schmart guy …

  6. inkybreath@gmail.com'
    inkybreath April 29, 2011 at 2:21 am #

    WOW, I am stunned that ATL pulled this one off. This definitely shuts up the Howard backers … WOW.

    Now, we battle the Hinrich Hawks and have a very good chance of getting to the ECF!

    Woohoo!

  7. inkybreath@gmail.com'
    inkybreath April 29, 2011 at 2:23 am #

    Still buzzing:

    Matt – Am I missing something … did Orlando have any business losing to the Hawks?

  8. Tae April 29, 2011 at 3:53 am #

    Inkybreath:

    Long story short. The Hawks have the bigs to slow down Howard enough so their lengthy defenders can shut down the Magic sharpshooters.

    Gilbert Arenas is bad.

    Hedo Turkolu is somehow worse.

    Otis Smith is the worst GM. Dwight is leaving Orlando.

    Kirk is out with a hamstring. 200-56 Bulls on Monday.

  9. Brian April 29, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    inky – actually, we might just battle the Atlanta Hawks. there are rumblings of Hinrich being done for the rest of the playoffs with a knee/calf injury. as much as i hate to say it, considering he’s an ex-Bull and all, but this gives me a sense of relief. hopefully it isn’t serious.

    Kirk has always been a good defender, and would’ve done a decent job staying in front of D-Rose. looks like Rose will have to run all over Jeff Teague instead. here’s to our Bulls hopefully running over the Hawks en route to an ECF date with the Celts/Heat!

  10. bodybagsteven@gmail.com'
    BFD April 29, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    Atlanta might pose a problem for us because they have some depth and they have Kirk Heinrich who we all know as a competitor.

    However, in our favor is the fact that the Hawks have had motivational issues all year. They were more than motivated against the Magic true, but they had had the specter of last year’s playoff collapse hanging over them all season. They were almost considered a laughingstock for the way they got swept last year, and now the shoe is on the other foot for them.

    I expect a letdown from them after tonight’s win, and who knows how hurt Captain Kirk is after collapsing tonight? I say Bulls in 5, with Boozer redeeming himself by game 3.

  11. inkybreath@gmail.com'
    inkybreath April 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Ouch, I just saw the full highlights, poor CaptainK. He hit a big shot for them down the stretch!

    But, that does make our job a lot easier.

    Our regular season games were pretty loaded. I am really curious what they are going to take away from their Orlando series. We are such a different team.

    Wooohooo!

  12. Inception April 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    How huge is the #1 seed for CHI now? ….they get to play a lesser opponent, while BOS/MIA go to war with one getting eliminated.

    let’s hope everything goes as planned.

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    Savage April 29, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    I agree getting the 1 seed especially looking at the brackets now was big. However, we can not over look the Hawks. I hope the Bulls come in focused and ready to play from the start of each game. Boozer really needs to start contributing in one way or another. I think we are a better team than the Hawks but if you don’t come ready to play in this league you will lose games and even a series. As the Magic just found out.

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