Bulls Shoot Down Hawks Now Set Out To Cool Heat

Chicago wraps up the second round series against Atlanta Thursday night, coming out and playing one of their best games in the playoffs.

The Bulls took command each quarter forcing the Hawks to take tough shots, Chicago played tip top Tom Thibodeau defense.  Holding down their lead the entire game and holding Atlanta to onder 20 points scored each quarter.

“Anybody that knows basketball knows our supporting cast is there every time,” Luol Deng said.  “We play great team defense.”

Chicago did a great job moving the ball around finding the open man and hitting their shots.  Carlos Boozer started the series off slow but has been improving every game, lead the Bulls scorers with 23 points, grabbed 10 boards, and dished out five assists.

“I’m getting a little better every day,” Boozer said. “I’m just playing off my teammates.”

One of those teammates was Derrick Rose who finished the game with 12 assists and 19 points.  Rose did a fine job of connecting with Boozer one more than one occasion adding some points in the paint.

“I just played off D-Rose and took what was given me,” Boozer said.

Atlanta struggled to find open shots and couldnt convert all of their tough shots finishing game six shooting under 37%.  Jeff Teague who was causing problems for Chicago had his worst game only scoring 4 points.  Joe Johnson was Atlanta’s highest point contributer giving his team 19, Josh Smith was right behind him with 18.

With this series over with the Bulls will move on to play the Miami Heat on Sunday for game one of the Eastern Conferance Finals.  The Bulls were the victors of all three games that the Heat and Bulls played in the regular season this year.  Chicago holds home court advantage throughout the playoffs with the best record in the NBA.

“We’re going to the conference finals, baby,” Joakim Noah said. “It’s like a dream come true. But the more you advance, you just want more. We’re happy but not satisfied. We’re ready to compete.”

The Bulls are heading back to Chicago in anticipation to play the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals after closing out their round two series with the Atlanta Hawks Thursday night 93-73.  The Heat and Bulls will play game 1 Sunday night at the United Center on TNT at 7pm.  “They’ve got two great players in D-Wade and LeBron,” Bulls forward Carlos Boozer said. “It should be a great series. We look forward to it. And it is going to be a tough series. We look forward to the challenge.”