After three games in both Eastern Conference Semifinals, the pair of Central Division representatives are in opposite positions. The Pacers are up 2-1, with a chance to push the Knicks to the edge with a win in Game Four at Indiana. The Bulls find themselves at the wrong end of a 2-1 series score against the Heat, with a virtual must win Monday night in Chicago. Here's more on the Bulls and a division rival that would probably welcome even an 0-3 playoff deficit these days:
- Bob Finnan of The News-Herald doesn't expect the Cavaliers to spend freely this summer, but suggests the team might make a run at O.J. Mayo.
- In her latest mailbag for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Mary Schmitt Boyer discusses Anderson Varejao's health and future in Cleveland, potential Cavs offseason moves, and more.
- The Bulls play defense with attitude, and that's what separates Tom Thibodeau from the similarly defensive-minded Mike Brown, as The Plain Dealer's Bud Shaw opines.
- In his NBA Saturday piece, HoopsWorld's Joel Brigham speculates that Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli will command multiyear deals as free agents this summer. Brigham thinks that makes it unlikely the Bulls will re-sign them, given the team's incentive to clear cap space for next summer.
- David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune agrees that the Bulls have their eyes on 2014, though he believes re-signing Belinelli would be a worthwhile investment. Haugh also advises the team to wait until 2014 to amnesty Carlos Boozer.
Luke Adams contributed to this post.