CHICAGO -- They are, in some ways, victims of their own success. Sixty-two victories, taken in total, makes a certain statement about a team, and it's a standard the Chicago Bulls have had trouble living up to this postseason.
Even with their 4-1 first-round series victory over the Indiana Pacers, the Bulls' play overall left their fans with a certain measure of disappointment and concern moving on. And after their Game 1 loss to Atlanta at home on Monday, that anxiety only grew.
Chicago's 86-73 victory in Game 2 on Wednesday night may have been reassuring. The Bulls played at a defensive level closer to what they showed in the regular season. And they avoided a potentially disastrous 0-2 hole going into Atlanta for Games 3 and 4.