2012 NBA Playoffs: Previewing Game 2 of Chicago Bulls-Philadelphia 76ers Series

Michael Gibbons@DachicagofanCorrespondent IIMay 1, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers passes against Joakim Noah #13 and Loul Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the 76ers 103-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Bulls protected their home court by beating the Philadelphia 76ers, 103-91 in Game 1 Saturday afternoon. However, as the entire world knows, the entire game was overshadowed by what happened in the closing minutes with Rose's devastating season/playoff-ending injury.

With that injury, Doug Collins and crew were given second life.

The Bulls held the Sixers' leading scorer Lou Williams to just nine points, and held All-Star Andre Iguodala in check. Iguodala had 11 points, but five of those came from the free-throw line, as he went just 3-of-11 from the field.

The only starter that performed well in Game 1 was power forward Elton Brand, who led them in scoring with 19 points while adding seven rebounds and four blocks to the effort.

For the Bulls, besides Rose (who nearly had a triple-double), they got a great game from Richard Hamilton. Rip scored 19 points on 6-of-7 shooting, and made life very difficult on whoever was called upon to guard him.

They also got solid games from both Joakim Noah and Luol Deng. Noah grabbed 13 rebounds and recorded a double-double with 12 points. Deng added six rebounds to go along with his 17 points.

Kyle Korver and Thaddeus Young were the big bench contributors for each team. Young scored 13 points for the 76ers and provided some much-needed energy, while Korver scored 11 and actually provided some solid defense for Chicago.

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  Richard Hamilton #32 of the Chicago Bulls shoots between Elton Brand #42 and Jrue Holiday #11 of the Philadelphia 76ers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April
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It will be interesting to see how the Bulls react without their leader and reigning league MVP in the lineup. Rose missed the final matchup of the regular season between these two teams, and C.J. Watson did pretty well in his stead. He scored 20 points and went 4-of-8 from beyond the three-point line as the Bulls won 89-80 in the March 17 contest.

Can the Bulls defend their home court or will the 76ers head back home with the series tied 1-1?

Tipoff is at 7:00 PM central time and will be broadcast on TNT and ESPN 1000 AM.

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