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We Bulls Wobble, but We Don't Fall Down!

Frances White@WestEndGirl62Analyst IIApril 29, 2009

BOSTON - APRIL 28:  Brad Miller #52 of the Chicago Bulls looks after his bloody mouth in the overtime against the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on April 28, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Bulls 106-104 in overtime. 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 Elsa/Getty Images)

The Celtics seem to have made a habit of making NBA history.

Last year, they went from worst to first and won the 2008 championship. This year, they are involved in an epic matchup with the Bulls: Three out of five of the best-of-seven series have gone into overtime.

Last night's overtime game saw Rondo's roundhouse leave Brad Miller bloodied and dazed. Miller missed his opportunity at the line to send the game into double overtime.

So does last night's loss indicate that the young Bulls have reached their limit? Did Rondo's hard foul on Miller take the timber out of their legs?

The squad was so confused at the end of the exhuasting contest that they fielded six players on the court on two critical possessions.

The Bulls are heading home, and for the first time, a little doubt may be creeping into their mind. Rose had six turnovers, and except for one spectacular fastbreak layup over Marbury and Pierce, he was hardly a factor last night. 

Gordon, as usual, launched himself into Celtic players with each shot attempt, and the referees bought into it. This is no knock on Gordon; he simply created the illusion of contact like he was supposed to.

Thomas and Noah weren't nearly as effective on the boards and maybe began feeling the bodyblows of the self-proclaimed "Ticket Stub," Glen Davis, and Kendrick Perkins.

John Salmons' groin injury may have contributed to Pierce getting open in crunch time; how else can you explain Pierce's sudden outburst?

Hinrich is playing admirably, but you get the feeling that the kid is content to just be on the court. 

The Bulls now face a critical must-win and the sea of red-clad fans in the United Center will remind them of that. 

They've been playing free-flowing basketball, but last night they looked up, and the Celtics introduced them to Playoff basketball.

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