Round: Eastern Conference Semifinals
Dates: May 5-May 17
Winner: Bulls, 4-3
This was supposed to be a formality. The defending champion Bulls were expected to cruise through their semifinal matchup with the undermanned Knicks, but Pat Riley and his personal brand of bully ball had other plans. New York dominated Chicago with physical play, taking Game 1 in Chicago and continually matching the Bulls every effort. But even after forcing an unthinkable seventh game, we should've known better than to doubt Michael Jordan, who poured in 42 points for Chicago in a series-clinching blowout.