NBA Playoffs 2012: 76ers Guard, Evan Turner, Wants To Face The Bulls

The Chicago Bulls, finishing their regular season schedule on Thursday night, have been the topic of conversation recently, as Philadelphia 76ers SG Evan Turner has officially claimed he would prefer to face the No. 1 seeded Bulls instead of the Miami Heat:

"I think we'll be able to compete well against Chicago," Turner told the Times, "and have an opportunity to win the series."

After catching heat for a few days, Turner said in a tweet Thursday: "And bulls fans: please stop tweeting me about the playoffs. I didn't say anything negative. All I said is we match up better with them."

Regardless of the outcome of Thursday night's game, the Bulls will finish the 2011-12 NBA Season with the best record in the Eastern Conference, and a win guarantees at least a tie with the San Antonio Spurs for the best recording in the league.

The Bulls players responded with comparatively less vigor, as PG Derrick Rose summed their reaction by saying:

"There's been teams that said they want to play us before," Rose said. "So I don't got nothing to say about it."

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