Analysis: If the Cleveland Cavs were destined to win a championship, this would be the season to finish what they started. LeBron James and company have jammed down on the accelerator for 82 games and need to continue to apply that pressure to every team they face if they want to reach the NBA Finals. Cavs'' owner Dan Gilbert spent the money to bring the remaining pieces of the playoff puzzle to Cleveland. Shaquille O''Neal, though hurt now, will return to join forces with Anthony Parker and Antawn Jamison, the other two fresh faces in the Cavs postseason line-up. From the perimeter Mo'' Williams and Delonte West will continue to carry the load with Daniel Gibson acting as their long range threat. The X-factor in this post-season remains Anderson Varejao, but don''t discredit the contributions of Jawad Williams and J.J. Hickson who have proved themselves throughout the course of the season as viable options off the bench.
Analysis: Congratulations, Vinny Del Negro, you survived the season! Your reward: a date with LeBron James and the top seeded Cleveland Cavs. The Chicago Bulls quietly crept up the standings late in the season (6-2 record in April) and took advantage of the Raptors'' free-fall (five straight losses in April) with Chris Bosh (broken face) watching from the bench. They split the season series with the Cavs (2-2), but proved back in November that LeBron can be beat on their home court. Look for Derrick Rose and Noah to be the difference makers in this series.
Player of the series: Cavs - LeBron James (30.2 ppg, 9.3 rpg)
Winning Percentage of 2001 Simulations: Cavs 92.8% - Bulls 7.2%