Danny Granger would have drawn considerable defensive attention in the Bulls-Pacers playoff series even before making a comment that also will make him a marked man.

"Boston's a different monster," Granger told the Indianapolis Star. "They don't have the best record in the East, but they won championships. They know how to do it. They have four, five guys you have to worry about, from (Paul) Pierce, (Rajon) Rondo, (Kevin) Garnett and (Ray) Allen.

"Chicago, they go as Derrick Rose goes. If you make a concerted effort to stop Derrick Rose, you have a better chance to beat them."

The Bulls have been a self-motivated team all season, so they reacted mostly with a shrug to Granger's comment. In fact, Rose agreed with part of Granger's premise in brushing off a question about Sunday's game against the Magic serving as a second-round playoff preview.

"That's if we get to the second round," Rose said. "I'm not looking that far ahead. We haven't accomplished anything yet."

High praise: Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said John Paxson and Gar Forman should win Executives of the Year and Tom Thibodeau Coach of the Year. The former is voted on by league general managers. Media pick the latter.