Round: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Dates: April 28-May 7
Winner: Bulls, 3-2
There was a time when Michael Jordan wasn't thought of as a winner. Heading into their first round matchup with Cleveland, Jordan's Bulls weren't even favored to win in the Windy City. Ever the competitor, Michael took note.
Strolling past Chicago beat writers before the series deciding game, Jordan pointed at each of them, who'd picked the Bulls to lose in 3, 4, and 5 games, respectively. “We took care of you (3 games) and we took care of you (4 games). Today, we take care of you.” And that he did, in one of the most lasting images of not only his career, but playoff history.