The Bulls hoped to benefit from Rip Hamilton's playoff wisdom, but they didn't expect his experience of once being down 3-1 in a first-round series to come in so handy.

If the Bulls can't match what Hamilton's Pistons did in 2003, when they won three in a row to eliminate the Magic, their season will be over.

"It's been a crazy year, from beginning to right now, so we know that," Hamilton said. "We know that nothing's easy. It hasn't been easy for the whole season, with injuries and guys being out, so we know it's going to be tough. We've just got to come out and be ready to play."