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So now they're out of the playoffs, after losing that epic seven game series to the defending champs, how should the Bulls proceed with preparing for next season? I bring this up because they're in somewhat of a dilemma here. On the one had, they were on the verge of an upset of the defending champions. Several of their players really brought their A-games to that series (Derrick Rose, Ben Gordon, Joakim Noah, John Salmons), and others did their job quite well (Brad Miller, Tyrus Thomas, Kirk Hinrich). That looks like a good solid seven man rotation to carry on into 2009-10, right? Sure, but then you have to look at the other hand. They were 41-41, good for seventh in the East, and that was after going 17-11 after the trade deadline. Before the deal that brought in Miller and Salmons they were 24-30, and on the brink of being a lottery team for a second straight year. And the Celtics team they did so well against was missing Kevin Garnett. So maybe this performance was more a mirage than reality.

Written By Robert Bonnette

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Goodness, it feels like the playoffs have been going on for months. Thirteen days to be exact. But wow, some of these series just kept going. In a perfect world, every series would have been a best-of-five, but the Bulls-Celtics series would be a best-of-seventeen. And I think we'd still be going into over-time every night.

The first round is ALMOST done, but we've already seen some things that have opened some eyes. The Rockets finally won a series! the 76ers have some kick to them. The Hornets are a disgrace to basketball, and quit on a good man. Byron Scott will be fired this summer because nobody on that team listens to him. Lebron is a beast. The Detroit Pistons are desolate (at least they have hockey). Tim Duncan lost his first ever first round series. Jerry Sloan might finally say goodbye to the NBA. Jason Kidd in Dallas worked out after-all. The Nuggets are scary. Brandon Roy is a top five guard in the NBA. Dwayne Wade is a G. So is Ray Allen. Oh, and Rondo was the first player to drop 19 assists and no turnovers since Norm Nixon...and they still lost. And the list goes on.

But let's take a look at some pretty interesting themes revolving the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

The series is 1-1, but the Boston Celtics couldn't be in more trouble.

I know, I know; The Celtics did something like this last year, and that was with a healthy Kevin Garnett. They went to seven games with the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks, of all teams, right? Why, they might as well have played the Washington Generals. And they still came out of it with a championship.

Thing is, that Hawks team last year is better than this year's Bulls team. I would like to say that it's hard to say that, being a Bulls fan, but the truth is, this is a Bulls team with a rookie point guard, an undersized shooting guard, and no post scoring. These Chicago Bulls should not be in this position. Garnett or no Garnett (Gar-nott? *rimshot*), the Celtics are still the World Champions.

And yet, here we are with a series at 1-1, that could have easily been 2-0, going back to Chicago on Thursday. The Chicago Bulls are playing the Celtics in Boston better than anyone in last year's playoffs did.

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