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NBA Playoffs 2011: Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks Post-Game 1 Reaction
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Things went from bad to worse for Chicago tonight.

Not only did they lose the opening game against the Atlanta Hawks, they may have lost their young MVP to an ankle injury.

The Bulls got off to an awfully slow start, surrendering the biggest deficit to the Hawks they have been in all season. It was 28-18 during the first break, with the Bulls shooting only 6-for-21 and Rose having a goose egg on the board.

The Bulls surged through the second quarter, only down by one at the midway point, as the bench played the first six minutes of the quarter well and set the starters up to take the game back.

During the third quarter, it looked as if Chicago was bound to take control of the game and put it away. They took a six point lead but the Hawks were resilient.

They pushed back and did not let their guard down while being led by Joe Johnson who finished with 34 and hit a flurry of big, contested shots.

They continued to attack the Bulls through the end of the fourth quarter before eventually stealing game one in the United Center and taking an early series lead.

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