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Limiting Rondo's penetration big key for Bulls
Daily Herald Staff Report

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Published: 4/18/2009 12:02 AM

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Stacey King, a player on the Bulls' 1991-93 championship teams, and analyst for Comcast SportsNet Chicago, offers his perspective on the Bulls-Celtics series.

Q: Do the Bulls have any chance to win this series?

King: They've got a chance. They've got a real good chance, as a matter of fact, better than what people think. The Bulls match up a little bit better without Kevin Garnett being in there, but they're going to have to play better than they did the other night (against Toronto) as far as the ball control, the silly turnovers. The shot selection's going to have to be better.

Q: Is there any matchup that is especially important to the Bulls' success?

King: Everybody's going to pick Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. But I'm going to say it's going to be (point guard) Rajon Rondo, because he's so good at getting into the paint. The Bulls have had a hard time stopping dribble penetration. That's been one of their weak points this year. He's going to be in that lane often. It's probably going to be one of the deciding things in this series, just being able to limit him.

We know what Pierce and Allen can do. But they're going to have a hard time keeping Rondo out of the lane. If they can do that and limit his fast breaks, I think they've got a shot.

Q: Is it possible Derrick Rose could turn up his game for the playoffs?

King: Yeah, I think he can. This is his first taste of playoff atmosphere. I heard people say, 'Aw, they don't need to make the playoffs.' No, they need to make the playoffs because this gives Derrick Rose a chance to see what it's all about, playoff intensity and everything that goes along with getting to this part of the season. You want something to grow on.

Q: Playing at the old Boston Garden: Love it or hate it?

King: I loved playing there because it was kind of like a history museum. The floor had dead spots in it, it wasn't the best place to play. But you grew up, you saw Boston Garden and you just couldn't wait to get there. The showers were always cold. I don't think I ever took a hot shower in the Garden my whole career there.

Mike McGraw will interview Stacey King before each playoff game. King is the color analyst for the Bulls' television broadcasts on Comcast SportsNet and elsewhere.