Using the Championship Leverage Index -- a metric that quantifies the importance of individual playoff games -- Neil Paine examines the best and worst active NBA players when it comes to performing in the "clutch." Tyson Chandler tops the list.
If the Heat are to advance past the Bulls, they'll need more production from NBA MVP LeBron James, David Thorpe writes. Likewise, for the Bulls to pull a major upset, Carlos Boozer must be more assertive inside.
Bradford Doolittle writes that with star Derrick Rose on the sidelines, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau -- via a modified game plan, rotation management and some key contributors -- has kept Chicago atop the standings.