If they drop Game 4 on Tuesday night and go down 3-1 in the series, Derrick Rose and company will be facing an almost insurmountable deficit.
Only eight teams in the history of the NBA have recovered from such a post-season disadvantage, and don’t expect LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh to squander an opportunity to reach the Finals.
All your favorite hyphenated sports clichés—must-win, do-or-die, make-or-break—are currently being thrown around, and they all ring true.
So what do the Bulls need to do to win the next game and even the series?
Defensively they’ve been pretty solid, holding Miami to 82, 85, and 96 points in the three games, and they’ve been doing damage on the boards, especially in the area of offensive rebounding.
On the other side of the ball, however, Chicago has struggled mightily. In their two losses, they have shot the ball horribly and scored well under their season average of 98.6 points.
For the Bulls to have a chance in Game 4 and this series, they need several guys to step up and get buckets. Here are the four players that need to start whistling a different tune if they don’t want the fat lady to sing.