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As Del Negro and Paxon Fight, Bulls Move Towards Playoffs

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The Chicago Bulls are in a heated battle for the eighth and final spot for tine Eastern Conference playoffs and took a large step forward with their win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.  However, it was not the win that took the storyline after the game.

It was reported that head coach Vinny Del Negro (left) got into an altercation with John Paxson, the team’s executive vice president earlier in the week that came to the forefront.

Led by Derrick Rose’s 39 point effort, the Bulls got a critical victory over the Celtics 101-93, taking another step towards a 2010 NBA playoff berth.

Still, all the talk was on what occurred between coach and vice president.

“I’m not going to comment,” Del Negro remarked of the incident. “I go about my job every day no matter what happens. I’m a competitor. I’ve been involved in the game a long time. I love the challenge of it. All the other things that happen pretty much stay internally.”

Yahoo! Sports was the first to report the incident, alleging that Paxson pushed Del Negro hard in his torso, and needed to be contained by several surrounding individuals. This incident took place on March 30, after a game against the Phoenix Suns at home.

“This is an organizational issue, which we will handle internally,” remarked Chicago spokesman Tim Hallam.

After the victory over Boston, Chicago controls a one-game lead over Toronto for the last the spot in the playoffs.  In addition to Rose’s career-high effort, Kirk Hinrich tabbed 30 points, which was good enough for his season-high.

With the loss, the Celtics will not be able to catch Atlanta for the No.3 seed in the playoffs, as they have now lost six of nine.

“I thought we played hard in stretches,” remarked Boston coach Doc Rivers. “Rose was spectacular tonight. Him and Hinrich single-handedly carried the game for them.”

Paul Pierce was the leading scorer for Boston on the night, contributing 28 points, while Ray Allen added 25.

“One game left and we’ve got everyone healthy going into the playoffs, which was the No. 1 goal of the season,” Pierce said.

The beginning of the fourth quarter told the tale of this game, as Chicago jumped all over Boston, going on a 14-4 run to begin the final period.

Rose put up 17 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter as the Bulls pulled away from the Celtics.

As for the incident that overshadowed the Bulls victory, Yahoo! sports reports that Chicago has sought legal counsel and will conduct interviews over the next several days.

“This is the NBA and things happen,” Del Negro stated. “Whether it’s in practice or a different situation, things are going to come out. You handle it. … There’s a lot of emotion involved in this game with all the things that happen on a daily basis.”

Online Sportsbooks have set the Bulls with an outside chance to win the 2010 NBA Championship, going off at 200/1.  The Celtics are established at 12/1.

The Chicago Bulls are in a heated battle for the eighth and final spot for tine Eastern Conference playoffs and took a large step forward with their win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.  However, it was not the win that took the storyline after the game.

It was reported that head coach Vinny Del Negro got into an altercation with John Paxson, the team’s executive vice president earlier in the week that came to the forefront.

Led by Derrick Rose’s 39 point effort, the Bulls got a critical victory over the Celtics 101-93, taking another step towards a 2010 NBA playoff berth.

Still, all the talk was on what occurred between coach and vice president.

“I’m not going to comment,” Del Negro remarked of the incident. “I go about my job every day no matter what happens. I’m a competitor. I’ve been involved in the game a long time. I love the challenge of it. All the other things that happen pretty much stay internally.”

Yahoo! Sports was the first to report the incident, alleging that Paxson pushed Del Negro hard in his torso, and needed to be contained by several surrounding individuals. This incident took place on March 30, after a game against the Phoenix Suns at home.

“This is an organizational issue, which we will handle internally,” remarked Chicago spokesman Tim Hallam.

After the victory over Boston, Chicago controls a one-game lead over Toronto for the last the spot in the playoffs.  In addition to Rose’s career-high effort, Kirk Hinrich tabbed 30 points, which was good enough for his season-high.

With the loss, the Celtics will not be able to catch Atlanta for the No.3 seed in the playoffs, as they have now lost six of nine.

“I thought we played hard in stretches,” remarked Boston coach Doc Rivers. “Rose was spectacular tonight. Him and Hinrich single-handedly carried the game for them.”

Paul Pierce was the leading scorer for Boston on the night, contributing 28 points, while Ray Allen added 25.

“One game left and we’ve got everyone healthy going into the playoffs, which was the No. 1 goal of the season,” Pierce said.

The beginning of the fourth quarter told the tale of this game, as Chicago jumped all over Boston, going on a 14-4 run to begin the final period.

Rose put up 17 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter as the Bulls pulled away from the Celtics.

As for the incident that overshadowed the Bulls victory, Yahoo! sports reports that Chicago has sought legal counsel and will conduct interviews over the next several days.

“This is the NBA and things happen,” Del Negro stated. “Whether it’s in practice or a different situation, things are going to come out. You handle it. … There’s a lot of emotion involved in this game with all the things that happen on a daily basis.”

Online Sportsbooks have set the Bulls with an outside chance to win the 2010 NBA Championship, going off at 200/1.  The Celtics are established at 12/1.