The Bulls might be flying under the radar as far as playoff expectations go, but they're not going to sneak up on the Miami Heat.
Not only did the Bulls end Miami's 27-game winning streak March 27 at the United Center, they are 7-4 against the Heat during the regular season since LeBron James and Chris Bosh arrived in 2010.
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"Them being the Bulls is enough," Bosh said Sunday. "Heat-Bulls, I think that's enough to really get your minds going and have some passion for the series."
"No matter who's out on the floor, they're going to play Chicago Bulls basketball," LeBron James said, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "They're going to attack. They're going to rebound. They're going to play tough.
"I expect a very physical series. So, I'm looking forward to it. I'm getting my mind ready for it, and that should be fun."
Miami has been waiting around since sweeping its first-round series against Milwaukee last Sunday but didn't know the next opponent until the Bulls beat Brooklyn in Game 7 on Saturday.
"We're preparing to make sure that we play our game, in our building," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We haven't played in a week, and we understand that. We've been working this week. Our guys are looking forward to getting out there and competing. So let's tip this thing up."
Nate hears it from Wallace:
When Saturday's Game 7 ended, Brooklyn's Gerald Wallace had a long conversation on the court with Nate Robinson. Those two got well-acquainted during the series, with Wallace flattening Robinson with a pick in Game 4 and inadvertently stepping on his head Saturday.
"He was saying just keep playing hard," Robinson said. "He said he loves the way that I just play hard, no matter what, not to just score. He just said, 'You're one of the hardest workers I've seen playing basketball. You love the game.'
"So he said just keep that up and good luck and stay healthy. He gave me some great words of encouragement."
Bulls talk Heat:
The Bulls weren't available to the media Sunday, so here are some thoughts from Saturday about the second-round series against Miami.
"We know how good Miami is, so we're going to have to be at our best or playing great basketball," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "They're a very deep team, extremely well-coached, well-balanced. We're going to have to be at our best from the very start."
Added Carlos Boozer: "We have to take it one possession at a time, one quarter at a time, don't get too far ahead of ourselves. We stay together. We're a team that no matter what happens, we stay together. We'll get in the lab, put this series behind us, get prepared for them and when the ball goes up on Monday, we'll be ready."
Bulls setting the table:
Here's one more from Nate Robinson, a quote that began with a question about whether Joakim Noah's energy sets the tone for the team.
"He's out there, vocal, sees the game before it happens," Robinson said. "We've got a guy like that on the team that can help out each player.
"Jimmy (Butler) brings something different to the table. Everybody brings something different. It's like we all bring a different kind of plate to dinner and we have a feast. That's how we go out there and play."