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Oprah Finale Could Affect Bulls/Heat

Bulls win Thursday would mean Sunday opener

By Marcus Riley
|  Thursday, May 12, 2011  |  Updated 11:17 AM CDT
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Oprah Takes Over Three Chicago Blocks

Oprah takes LeBron and D-Rose to the hole.

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It's no secret that Oprah Winfrey's got a lot of juice in Chicago, but it appears she also has the power to shift the schedules for the likes of Derrick Rose and LeBron James.

The Miami Herald reports that if the Heat and Chicago win their series in six games or fewer, Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals would be moved from Monday to Sunday, because the United Center wouldn't be available. Oprah's crew would need the time to set up the UC for the taping of her big finale show on Tuesday.

The Heat did their part, closing out the Celtics Wednesday night.

If the Bulls lose Thursday, but still win the series against the Atlanta Hawks in seven games, the first game against the Heat would be Wednesday night.

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