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NBA PLAYOFFS: Cleveland vs. Chicago

Bulls’ management’s infighting casts pall over team.

April 16, 2010

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

1. CLEVELAND vs. 8. CHICAGO

Season series: 2-2.

Key stat: Toronto's 8-18 finish that detoured the Bulls from the lottery.

As Cinderellas, the Bulls' clock looks as if it's at 11:59, finishing 10-14 as hot-tempered former GM John Paxson, now a VP who — thankfully — doesn't talk to the media, angrily confronted Dead Coach Walking Vinny Del Negro.

Last spring the Bulls took Boston seven games, then let Ben Gordon, who'd have been fabulous with happening Derrick Rose, leave.

Who, us, management issues?

Prediction: Cleveland in four or fewer.

Saturday at Clevelandnoon

Monday at Cleveland5 p.m.

Tuesday at Chicago4 p.m.

April 25 at Chicago12:30 p.m.

April 27 at ClevelandTBD-x

April 29 at ChicagoTBD-x

May 1 at ClevelandTBD-x

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