Derrick Rose might or might not come back to play this season but, let’s be honest, either way the Bulls’ prospects
Great game to be either a Chicago fan or a Miami hater as the Bulls go onto dominate the second half and control game one through tough defense and strong rebounding. Chicago’s great game play and support from the “Bench Mob” helped set the Bulls up, to beat up the Miami Heat 103-82. “I thought CJ came in, Ronnie came in and their ball-pressure, their energy and of course with Taj and Omer – that group got us going and the second half, everybody’s defense was a lot better.” Said Carlos Boozer.
Chicago will now head to Atlanta with a 3-2 lead coming off of the huge game five win 95-83 setling some of Chicago’s nerves. The Bulls stepped up on defense and made some adjustments leading them to their must win game setting them up only needing one more win to move on in the NBA Playoffs. “Tonight the game was close and we turned it up in the fourth quarter,” Luol Deng said. “Our defence was great.”
Chicago couldn’t seal the deal Sunday night, with the game all tied up with six minutes to play Atlanta went on a 16-4 run to get the series back to even before heading to Chicago. Derrick Rose struggled to get all of his shot to fall but still put up 34 points for Chicago. The Bulls were the victims of a couple bad calls and some unlucky bounces leading to a Hawk victory in Atlanta 10-88. “Obviously we wanted to come in and win, but now it’s tied at 2-2, makes it a best of three,” said Bull Carlos Boozer. “We go back home, make the corrections that we’ve got to make and we win Game 5, and move on. “I think it’ll be a game of will. The team that has the most will, wants it the most, usually wins Game 5 when it’s tied up at two.”
Joakim Noah is still day to day with his ankle sprain but that didn’t stop the Bulls from taking on the Pistons in Detroit winning by a score of 101-96 Friday night. “My ankle is really swollen and painful,” Noah said. “I tried to warm up (Wednesday) and I couldn’t cut or anything like that. I’m trying to take it day-by-day.”
Chicago didn’t want a repeat of the last time they were in Atlanta, the Hawks upset the Bulls who had a 19 point lead only to give the game away. “What happened the last time we were here was definitely on our mind. We knew once we got the lead that we couldn’t let that happen again.”