BASKETBALL: CUNNING OF THE BULLS

THEY'RE GREAT ENOUGH TO WIN 70 IN A SEASON AND SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW THEY STILL NEED 15 MORE

No way da Bulls lose. They'll probably win their 70th regular season game this week, which no N.B.A. team has ever done. Only two of their nine defeats have come in a row, and they haven't lost to any team more than once. They'll have the home-court advantage throughout the postseason, and no home court is more advantageous than the United Center, where they have a record of 38-1. Chicago has the best rebounder in the world, the most versatile forward in the N.B.A. and the finest player who ever lived. No way this team loses any of the four play-off...

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