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NBA Playoffs: 76ers take home-court advantage from Rose-less Bulls


It’s been a very tough 49:09 of basketball for the Chicago Bulls, who finished the regular season with the Eastern Conference’s best record. At the end of Game 1, which the Bulls were winning comfortably, Derrick Rose awkwardly landed after a jump-stop and blew out his ACL, which ended Rose’s season and probably effectively ended the Bulls’ title hopes.

The Bulls, who are more than capable of beating the 76ers without Rose, did their best to come out tough in Game 2, and led 55-47 after the 1st half. However, the 76ers responded by thrashing the Bulls with a 36-14 3rd quarter, and Chicago was never able to recover. Lou Williams and Jrue Holliday, who both struggled in Game 1, absolutely torched Chicago in Game 2, combining to score 46 points on a combined 19-28 shooting from the field, and Evan Turner added 19 points of his own for Philadelphia.

The Bulls certainly didn’t have a bad game offensively, as Joakim Noah (21 points on 10-11 shooting from the field) led their offense to 92 points on 45.2% shooting from the field, which isn’t a bad showing against a top-5 defense like Philadelphia’s, but Tom Thibodeau’s top-ranked defense had few answers for the 76ers, which is odd because Rose is a much more integral part of Chicago’s offensive game plan than he is of their defensive one.

More than anything, Game 2 suggested that losing Rose (and the title hopes that go along with him) may have taken some of the wind out of Chicago’s sails, which is completely understandable. The Bulls have always played each game like it’s their last, with or without Rose, so I’d expect this to be an extremely competitive series that the Bulls still have a great chance of winning, but it looks like the psychological effects of losing a superstar in the first game of the playoffs may be taking their toll on the Bulls sooner rather than later.

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Kobe being Kobe was part of the Lakers beating the Bulls in our Game of the Night.

Wizards 116, Sixers 114 (OT): If Doug Collins were to call up some executives at TNT to see if they would take him back right now, it would be hard to blame him. The Sixers had this game in the bag and just flat out blew it with stupid plays and execution you can be sure Collins didn’t coach.

Philly was up three with 8 seconds left when the Wizards fouled Evan Turner. The No. 2 pick has the chance to ice it, but he misses both. The Wizards get the ball to John Wall who starts racing up court — and Collins has called for a foul, the idea being give them two free throws but don’t let them take the three. Sound strategy with one little (okay, not so little) rule — do not foul in the act of shooting.

Jrue Holiday starts running at Wall to foul him long before Wall is over half court, and Wall sees him coming. As Holiday gets close Wall picks up his dribble and goes into a shooting motion and Holiday reaches in and fouls anyway. Three shots for fouling in the act. Wall drains all three and the game is headed to overtime.

You can guess what happened. Although the Sixers were up one in overtime with 15 seconds left but Evan Turner watched the ball and not Nick Young, who cut to his spot for a wide open three in the win. Also in this one, Elton Brand had an ugly flagrant two foul on JaVale McGee and Brand will be lucky if he gets off with only a fine.

Nets 107, Hawks 101 (OT): The Nets won this one by attacking inside. That meant Brook Lopez with 32. That also meant the Nets drew fouls and shot 33 free throws the Hawks 13. The Hawks have now lost 7 of 9.

Pacers 101, Cavaliers 89: This was over at halftime with the Pacers were up 62-37 (nice win carrying over the moment f. Cleveland got 32 points from its starters and 57 from its bench. This has been too consistent a problem, the Cavs need to get some scoring in the lineup.

Knicks 110, Bobcats 107: This was going to be about tempo — the Knicks play at the second fastest pace in the league, the Bobcats and the controlling Larry Brown play at the league’s third slowest pace. The Knicks won the tempo battle — the 98 possessions are right at New York’s season average. Really balanced scoring for the Knicks with six guys in double digits.

Mavericks 88, Pistons 84: It was the Dirk Nowitzki show as he dropped 42. This is why you want to have superstars, they can win you a game or two every season.

John Wall game-time decision to get back on court tonight


UPDATE 6:06 pm: In his pregame comments, Wizards coach Flip Saunders said that Wall would be a game-time decision, to be made after he warmed up. If Wall does play, he will come off the bench, Saunders said.

11: 28 am: For the last week, John Wall has ceded the “ridiculous rookie highlight of the night” to Blake Griffin, but tonight that streak ends. And not just because the Clippers aren’t playing.

Wall will be back on the court with the Washington Wizards tonight after missing four games due to a sprained ankle, according to the Washington Post. He fully participated in practice Monday, which is a good sign.

The Wizards take on the Sixers, so Wall would get a good test with Jrue Holliday and No. 2 pick Evan Turner in opposing colors. Also, Gilbert Arenas said he is good going to the bench or playing whatever role is needed with Wall’s return. Arenas and Kirk Hinrich have played well and kept the Wizards at 2-2 in the four games Wall missed.