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Bulls to face 76ers or Knicks Saturday
by Adam Fluck
Posted on Apr 26
The Bulls still don’t know who they’ll take on in the opening round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, but they do know they’ll be in action Saturday at the United Center for Game 1.
The NBA announced that much Thursday morning, but a game time has yet to be set. Game 2 will also be in Chicago, with the Bulls playing on the road in Games 3 and 4.
As for Chicago’s opponent, it will either be the Philadelphia 76ers or New York Knicks. Both teams are in action tonight, with the 76ers visiting the Detroit Pistons and the Knicks facing the Bobcats in Charlotte.
The only circumstance the Bulls and Knicks would face each other in the first round would be if the Knicks lose and the Sixers win. A New York victory combined with a Philadelphia loss, wins by both teams, or losses by both teams would set the table for a Bulls and 76ers matchup in the best-of-seven series.
Meanwhile, the Bulls will close out the regular season Thursday at the United Center against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
With a record of 49-16, Chicago has already locked in home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. A 50th win by the Bulls, or a loss by San Antonio tonight when they visit Golden State, would clinch the No. 1 overall seed in the postseason.
Chicago’s complete first round schedule will be posted at Bulls.com Thursday night.
Trophy tour heads to Orland Park on Friday
The Bulls’ championship trophies will be on display at the Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Orland Park this Friday from 7 – 8 p.m. Fans are invited to view and take photos with the team’s six Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophies (‘91, ‘92, ’93, ’96, ‘97, and ‘98). Bulls personalities Bill Wennington, Sidney Green, Bob Love and members of the Luvabulls will also be at the event.
Rose lands top spot on NBA’s most popular jersey list
Reigning Kia NBA MVP Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls secured the top spots as the NBA’s Most Popular Jersey and Team Merchandise, respectively, based on sales at the temporary NBA Store on Fifth Avenue and on NBAStore.com from April 2011 to present. Rose, who climbed from No. 5 last year to No. 1 on the jersey list for the first time in his career, helped the Bulls reclaim the top overall spot in team merchandise sales for the first time since April 2001.