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.