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Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls hangs on the basket after dunking the ball against the Indiana Pacers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Pacers 104-99.
The Bulls are up 2-0 over the Pacers in the first round of the playoffs, but their play was less than inspiring. In each of the wins, they didn't take control of the game until late in the fourth quarter. Both times, Derrick Rose took over and led the Bulls to win.
They're giving up too many turnovers, 21 to Indiana's 17 on on Monday night. They're relying on Rose too much to do all the scoring. He had 36 on Monday, and was one of just three players to get in double digits. Media agree: they can't keep playing like this and expect to win the championship.
The players agree, too.
Somewhere on the road to Indianapolis for Thursday's game, the Bulls need to remember how they earned the best record in the league.
And that's why the Bulls worked so hard during the regular season for a No. 1 seed. Though this isn't their first playoff series, they are young. They are just getting used to being one of the league's best. A settling down period is allowable when it's against one of the worst teams in the playoffs. Don't forget that the Bulls are up 2-0. Though they're not playing amazing basketball, it's not time to rub gravel through Benny the Bull's fur.
Maggie Hendricks is a Chicago based sports blogger who covers MMA and spends a lot of her time writing about the Bears at Grizzly Detail.