Bulls vs. Sixers: Game 4 Highlights, Twitter Reaction and Analysis
Generally, a game like the one the Philadelphia Sixers just won over the Chicago Bulls in Philadelphia on Sunday would be labeled a defensive struggle.
In this case, that would be a euphemism for two offenses struggling and thus making the defenses look good.
One way or the other, the Sixers survived with an ugly 89-82 win over a Bulls team missing injured starters Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. Carlos Boozer (23 points, 11 rebounds) and C.J. Watson (17 points, four assists) did their best to carry Chicago to the win, but it simply wasn't enough.
With Rose and Noah, perhaps it would have been—the Sixers shot an ugly 5-19 from beyond the arc (26.3 percent) and only 39.2 percent from the field in general.
The Sixers now head into Game 5 with a stranglehold on this series, leading 3-1. The situation looks bleak for the East's top-seeded team.
Intelligence on Sixers crowd: There is a run in Philly causing traffic jam. Issues getting to the arena.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) May 6, 2012
Questlove, drummer of The Roots and Philly native, couldn't believe the Sixers had a chance to go up 3-1 in the series.
Sports Pickle didn't think very highly of this game's quality of play. It's hard to disagree—and not laugh—at this clever tweet.
I'm no expert on the justice system, but I'm pretty sure this Sixers-Bulls series is the first televised stay of execution.— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) May 6, 2012
Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal put this win, and the possibility of a Sixers series win, into perspective.
#Sixers up 3-1 in series, haven't won a playoff series since 1st round in 2003. Hawes 22 pts, 8 reb., Holiday 20 pts.— Martin Frank (@mfranknba) May 6, 2012
And finally, Jen Lada of Fox 6 and ESPN 540 relayed the sad fate I'm sure most Bulls' fans are slowly accepting.
Me to Mom: Why are you watching Miracle when the Bulls gm is on? I can tell you how it ends. Mom: And I can tell YOU how the Bulls gm ends.— Jen Lada (@JenLada) May 6, 2012
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Grades for Key Sixers' Players
Spencer Hawes: He remained hot after his excellent Game 3 (21 points, nine rebounds), finishing with 22 points on 9-11 shooting from the field and eight rebounds.
Evan Turner: Not his finest effort. Turner only finished 3-12 with nine points and lost his cool a bit in the fourth quarter, committing two fouls in quick succession and finding his way on the bench with five fouls. He's been excellent in the series thus far, but this was not his day.
Grades for Key Bulls' Players
Carlos Boozer: He has to be the man now without Rose or Noah, and he gave a valiant effort on Sunday, finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds. But he also had a killer turnover late in the game, and didn't do enough late to come away with the win.
Game MVP: Jrue Holiday
If the Sixers are going to close out the Bulls—and do anything beyond that assuming they do—it will be because Holiday leads them there.
Without Rose and Noah, the Bulls can't win this series.
Game 5 is in Chicago on Tuesday evening. Don't be surprised if it ends up as a very painful end to a promising season for the Bulls and their fans.
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