|How did the Sixers completely change the script from game one to game two (beyond the absence of Derrick Rose)? Well, it's pretty simple. They somehow lured the Bulls into going away from their massive strength on the interior. The Bulls shot 10/29 inside of 9 feet. They attempted more long twos (26) than shots at the rim (18). I don't know how they did it, but this is the formula they've used to play the Bulls tight over the past two seasons, and they need to keep it up.|
Latest comment: from RichLucas is eating Lou's lunch. Christ....
|The first half of tonight's game played out like many others over the last half of the season, minus Jrue Holiday's offensive explosion. The Sixers scored enough points to stay in the game, but their defense was extremely porous and not being able to get stops led to an eight-point halftime deficit. The second half, though, was reminiscent of the ball these guys played during their 20-9 start. Add it up, and you get a blowout win on the road in the playoffs. (game capsule).|
Latest comment: from mymanjruelol...
|Without Derrick Rose, the Bulls lose that go-to guy who can penetrate at will, hit crazy shots no matter what defense you throw at him, get a whistle to stop a scoring drought and carry the offense to a win when nothing else is working. Superstars can win games by themselves in the playoffs, and the Bulls are decidedly without one now. C.J. Watson isn't that type of player, not at all. What he is, however, is another cog with a specific purpose on the offensive end, and he fills his role very, very well.|
|As we've been reminded continuously, this Sixers team is pretty much the same Sixers team we've seen for the past half decade. If we're talking about ceilings, or draft picks, or regular season winning percentage, that's a bad thing. If we're talking about playoff performance, well, maybe it's not that bad.|
Latest comment: from MikeWA little respect from former Sixer Bruce Bowen - picking the series to go 7 games. ...
|When the Sixers were sitting at 20-9, talk about winning a round in the playoffs was legitimate. When they were atop the Atlantic Division with an eye on home-court advantage and a lesser foe in the first round, it seemed like almost a certainty. Since then, the sky has fallen, any faith in the team has dissolved and we were pinning our hopes on a bit of luck for the honor of playing the team with the best record in the league in the first round instead of the Miami Heat. The Sixers are nothing if not frustrating, but here we are. The games count now. The question: Can the Sixers beat the Bulls?|
|The Sixers had every opportunity to put the Bulls away early tonight, but they failed to do so. When you give a good team, at home, a second life, they're going to make you pay for it more often than not. Tonight, the Sixers handed a game to the Bulls. (game capsule).|
Latest comment: from GoSixersThat's a bit different than 'straight stud' would you not agree?...
|Another backbreaking, gut-wrenching loss to an elite team. Losses like this are so unbelievably tough to take because they tease you. They tell you the Sixers are so close to being on Chicago's level, a Chicago team that really wanted this game (wanted it so badly that Derrick Rose played the entire first, third and fourth quarters and only sat six minutes all night), and they nearly couldn't have it. So close. But when all is said and done, it's just another loss. (game capsule).|
|When the Sixers last played host to the Chicago Bulls the result was a resounding 16-point win which pushed Philly 10-games over .500 for the first time in a long time and still signifies their best win of the season. Tonight, the Sixers enter with eight straight losses to teams with winning records.|
Latest comment: from South BroadJeff Teague deserves a ton of credit, if not more, imo....
|The Sixers held Derrick Rose to 18 points on 17 shots (and three free throws) last night. In the second half, Rose scored 3 points, didn't hand out a single assist and turned the ball over three times. Rich takes a close look at how Jrue Holiday's phenomenal play at the point of attack completely took away Rose's right hand while the rest of the team shut down the lane behind him.|
|The latest in a string of demonstrative wins came over Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, 98-82. Here's the thing about this win that should have people taking notice. The Sixers played the exact same game they've been playing all year. They used the exact same formula they've been using to kill bad teams to absolutely demoralize the Chicago Bulls. Derek Rose had no clue what to do against the Sixers defense in the third quarter. For all intents and purposes, the Bulls looked about as effective against this Sixers defense as the Wizards. (game capsule, by the way, check after the jump for the rest of the posterization above)|
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