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I'm even more anxious right now, because I've never been in the position in the NBA where I'm the top seed,” Derrick Rose said. “The last two years, we were always the underdog. I'll have to see how this is going to go. There's definitely going to be pressure. I'm just anxious to see how we're going to handle it.”

Joakim Noah, one of only three Bulls who were around for those two playoff series, felt it's a matter of how they look at this challenge.

“Even though we're No. 1 in the East, we're still going to go with that underdog mentality,” Noah said. “Expectations really don't mean anything. Nobody believed we could win 62 ballgames this year, especially with the injuries we went through this year.”
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