CSN, CSNChicago.com to deliver extended 'BMW Bulls Postgame' coverage following EVERY Bulls-Heat matchup!

CSN, CSNChicago.com to deliver extended 'BMW Bulls Postgame' coverage following EVERY Bulls-Heat matchup!

COMCAST SPORTSNET & CSNCHICAGO.COM TO DELIVER EXTENDED BMW BULLS POST GAME LIVE COVERAGE
FOLLOWING EVERY BULLS-HEAT PLAYOFF MATCH-UP

King, Gill & Schanowski host extended BMW Bulls Post Game Live coverage

following EVERY NBA Eastern Conference match-up on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com starting Sunday night, May 15

CSNChicago.com to also provide exclusive behind-the-scenes video and post-game reports

from Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam, along with game highlights, blogs, Bulls In Game Live and much more!

Chicago, IL (May 13, 2011) Its the match-up everyone has been waiting for as Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the NBA Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls (who finished the 2010-11 regular season with the NBAs best overall record at 62-20, eliminated the Indiana Pacers in Round 1 and eliminated the Atlanta Hawks in Round 2 of the 2011 NBA Playoffs), and CSNChicago.com, the networks 247 online home for even more in-depth Bulls playoffs coverage, are ready to bring fans complete wall-to-wall Bulls coverage throughout the teams entire NBA Eastern Conference Finals battle against the rival Miami Heat with extended editions of BMW Bulls Post Game Live following EVERY GAME.

Stacey King, Comcast SportsNets always-entertaining Bulls game analyst and three-time NBA champion, joins hosts Mark Schanowski and Kendall Gill (with Gail Fischer providing live locker room interviews with players and coaches) for BMW Bulls Post Game Live starting Sunday night, May 15 (approx. 9:45 PM) immediately following Game 1. Plus every on-aironline edition of BMW Bulls Post Game Live will feature live post-game press conferences with Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, along with interviews featuring Bulls and Heat players. Comcast SportsNets complete NBA Eastern Conference Finals BMW Bulls Post Game Live on-aironline schedule is included in this release.

Comcast SportsNets 247 online home, CSNChicago.com, will provide even more exclusive Bulls playoffs content coverage including the following:

Bulls In Game Live: Real-time, live data combined with timely editorial including compelling elements such as detailed play-by-play, in-game scoring, shot charts, situation statistics, Twitter feeds from Stacey King (@Sky21King) and Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam (@CSNBullsInsider NOTE: Sam will be on-site for every homeroad playoff game), LIVE in-game chat sessions, headlines, NBA Playoffs scoreboard, photos and more.
Stacey King Poster Shop: Newly launched area showcases Staceys signature poster videos of slam dunks and must-see plays; also includes @Sky21King Twitter feed and link to the Stacey King Soundboard at Bulls.com.
Game highlights available on CSNChicago.com following every game.
Live, in-game chat sessions featuring King, Schanowski & Gill.
Exclusive, behind-the-scenes video from practice, shoot arounds, postgame, etc.
Beyond the Arc & Running with the Bulls blog updates from Sam and Schanowski, news articles, photo galleries, etc.
SMS alerts available for Bulls breaking news, scores and more.
Additional NBA Playoffs coverage content sharingcross-promotion via ChicagoBulls.com, NBCSports.com & ProBasketballTalk.com.
CSNChicago.coms Bulls coverage is presented by Suzuki

Additional on-air BullsNBA Playoffs coverage highlights on Comcast SportsNet include full-blown weeknight Bulls discussionanalysis on Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan, featuring host David Kaplan. Also, every 6:30PM edition of SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse will provide thorough pre-game coverage featuring a complete preview of each match-up, along with numerous playercoaches interviews, and viewers will get the complete wrap-up featuring game highlights and additional post-game interviews on GMC SportsNet Central at 10:00 PM and 10:30 PM.

Note the following game-by-game breakdown of Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.coms post-game coverage for the Bulls NBA Eastern Conference Finals series vs. Miami:

BULLS vs. MIAMINBA EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS POST-GAME COVERAGE ONCOMCAST SPORTSNET & CSNCHICAGO.COM
Game 1: Sun, May 15 (approx. 9:45 pm) BMW Bulls Post Game Live(NOTE: LIVE on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com)

Game 2: Wed, May 18 (approx. 10:15 pm) BMW Bulls Post Game Live(NOTE: LIVE on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com)

Game 3: Sun, May 22 (approx. 10:15 pm) BMW Bulls Post Game Live(NOTE: LIVE on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com)
Game 4: Tue, May 24 (approx. 10:15 pm) BMW Bulls Post Game Live(NOTE: LIVE on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com)

Game 5: Thu, May 26 (approx. 10:15 pm) BMW Bulls Post Game Live (NOTE: If necessary; LIVE on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com)

Game 6: Sat, May 28 (approx. 10:15 pm) BMW Bulls Post Game Live (NOTE: If necessary; LIVE on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com)

Game 7: Mon, May 30 (approx. 10:15 pm) BMW Bulls Post Game Live (NOTE: If necessary; Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com)

For its five total first round Bulls playoff game telecasts this season vs. Indiana, Comcast SportsNet posted a personal best Bulls playoffs series record of approx. 1.62 MILLION Chicago TV homes viewing these games, which included the highest single game rating for any team in network history (13.69 for Rd. 1, Gm. 3 at Indiana on April 21). Plus, an additional 855,000 households tuned in to Bulls PrePost Game Live for surrounding coverage of the five first round telecasts. Compared to the final first round Bulls playoff average last season (2.97 household avg. vs. Cleveland), Comcast SportsNets first round average this season was a 9.24, an increase of 211 compared to last year (ratings for Adults 25-54 grew 279). Comcast SportsNet also set a new Bulls regular season record with a 4.50 average household rating per game, a 90 increase from last season.

Morning Update: Dwyane Wade comes up clutch in close win vs. Kings

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Morning Update: Dwyane Wade comes up clutch in close win vs. Kings

Dwyane Wade gets a little help but saves the day defensively vs. Kings

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Dwyane Wade gets a little help but saves the day defensively vs. Kings

It was a gift and the Bulls weren't going to look it in the mouth as Dwyane Wade was poised to finish off another one of his sterling defensive plays with a breakaway dunk with the game tied and Arron Afflalo and DeMarcus Cousins trailing.

Lightly touched by the small of his back by Cousins, Wade miscalculated his liftoff and missed the dunk but was bailed out by the refs for a foul with 14 seconds left.

Then, he bailed the Bulls out.

Wade had his fifth fourth-quarter defensive play, stripping Cousins on a steal on the ensuing possession with the Sacramento Kings having a chance to win, leading to a Michael Carter-Williams dunk and finishing a 102-99 win Saturday night at the United Center.

It was a clock-turning performance for Wade on both ends of the floor, even if his missed dunk is a reminder that he is 35 years old. 

"I took off too far as I look at the instant replay," Wade said. "I should've took maybe one more dribble. Can't say I felt 35, I just took off too far (laughs). But hey, sometimes you get calls, sometimes you don't. I'm a person who hasn't gotten a lot all year so I'm not gonna apologize for nothing."

Stripping Cousins on his spin move was the finale, but he swatted an Arron Afflalo corner triple in the fourth, smothered Ty Lawson at the rim twice for blocked shots to end the third and tortured Lawson again in the fourth for another steal that led to him following up a Jimmy Butler missed layup with a follow and foul.

"Just a read," said Wade on stripping Cousins. "We knew he was gonna go to DeMarcus at that point. Once we forced him left, I knew he had to come back to the right hand. And being in the right place at the right time, the ball was right there for me."

Wade played like a desperate and motivated man, putting up 30 with six rebounds and four assists on the second night of a back-to-back is proof positive he took Friday's loss to Atlanta personally and used his play to back up those feelings.

He took to twitter to apologize for the poor effort against the Hawks, producing his best all-around performance as a Bull.

"We've been good in desperate moments," Wade said. "We haven't been good in non-desperate moments, when we win three in a row or playing a team that we should beat. But (in) the desperate moments I like us."

He scored 13 in the fourth, along with the last of his four blocked shots and all three of his steals took place in the final 12.

"I thought he was terrific," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "He was aggressive all game long, taking the ball to the basket, getting to the line 15 times. He came up with two big plays."

Hoiberg threw out different lineups and rotations, playing Paul Zipser as a sixth man and having the second-round draft pick close the game. Zipser took advantage, hitting three triples and scoring 13 points.

"I thought it was night and day from last night," Hoiberg said. "Our energy was really good all night long. We got just enough stops to find a way to win."

Cousins dominated the game with 42 and 14 rebounds in 35 minutes, the only Kings player in double figures all night.

"He was pretty much unguardable for the majority of the game, Taj did a solid job on him," Hoiberg said. "When Robin was on him, they put him on the perimeter and let him shoot threes. He's a monster."

Back-to-back triples from Cousins gave him 40 and tied the game at 97, as a third one rimmed out with a little under two minutes left.

Cousins dominated the start of the third quarter, hitting midrange jumpers over Lopez and taunting the Bulls bench after hitting a jumper to put the Kings ahead, 70-63 midway through the third.

But the Bulls stayed close, with Hoiberg choosing to sit Rajon Rondo for the second half after playing him six minutes in the second quarter, using Wade as a point guard and going with Carter-Williams for defense, along with Zipser, who didn't look scared of the moment.

"I like the wrinkle coach put in there, putting him in early," Wade said. "He gave him an opportunity and he helped us big time."

Butler scored 23 with seven assists and five rebounds in 39 minutes, didn't have to play the hero for once and made fun of Wade's apology tweet.

"He was due for a big night," Butler said. "He can tweet again if he can come out again and give us 30 and some big steals and big dunks."

"I think that's what called of him, to score baskets and guard. It's kinda sneaky. You never really expect it until it happens."

It looked like the worst was over when the Bulls made a short run to end the third, surviving the onslaught from Cousins — and surviving their own experimenting with Zipser instead of going with Denzel Valentine, switching things up altogether.

But the tone was set by the leaders, who can only manufacture but so much urgency on a nightly basis.

"I like this team when we're desperate," Wade said. "A desperate team, we're not bad."