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News » Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-11-01

Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-11-01

Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-11-01The Bulls' return trip to Boston on Friday didn't contain even a few seconds of the excitement that defined last spring's memorable seven-game playoff series.

Of course, the Bulls did beat San Antonio in their season opener at the United Center on Thursday, arrived in Boston around 3 a.m. and were woken up a few times by a malfunctioning fire alarm at the team hotel. So in many ways, the blowout in Boston wasn't surprising. If the Bulls can bounce back with a victory in Miami on Sunday, this will qualify as a very good start to the season.

"We have to play almost a perfect game to compete with a team like this," center Joakim Noah said after the loss at Boston. "We can't put our heads down. We've just got to keep competing for 48 minutes. The beauty of this league is we have another game in a couple days."

Miami is another team the Bulls seemed to develop as a rival in recent years. There were playoff matchups in 2006 and '07, then a crazy double-overtime loss last March that ended when Dwyane Wade stole the ball and hit a running three-pointer at the buzzer. Had the Bulls won that game, they could have been the No. 5 playoff seed in the East.

The rivalry might heat up even more next summer, when both the Bulls and Heat plan to open enough salary-cap room to chase big-name free agents. Wade can also opt out of his contract and no doubt the Bulls would love to lure the Chicago native back home. Right now, it's just a game and the Bulls will be looking for a performance in Miami to help them forget the sorry result in Boston.

CELTICS 118, BULLS 90: This figured to be a tough game for the Bulls and it lived up to the billing. The Celtics blistered the nets for 58 percent shooting and pounded the Bulls at the TD Banknorth Garden. Boston forward Paul Pierce scored 20 of his 22 points in the third quarter as the Celtics stretched a 15-point halftime lead to as much as 31. This was a rematch of last spring's memorable playoff series and Boston was probably anxious to show the Bulls what it could do with forward Kevin Garnett back in the lineup. Center Joakim Noah was the lone bright spot for the Bulls, finishing with 16 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.

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