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Bulls Tie Series in Double-OT Win Over Celtics

The Celtics and Bulls are playing in what is easily the best series so for in the NBA Playoffs. Two players, Rajon Rondo and Derrick Rose, are enjoying their coming-out parties on the national stage, and the Bulls are emerging as a future contender in the East. After Chicago’s thrilling 121-118 double-overtime victory in Game 4, the first round series is all tied up at two games apiece.

Rajon Rondo finished with his second triple double of the series, finishing with 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists in 55 minutes on the court. His counterpart, Derrick Rose, nearly had a triple-double with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists. Late in the game, however, Ben Gordon again took over.

Just like in Game 2, when he scored 42 points in a one-on-one duel with Ray Allen, Ben Gordon shined again in Game 4. After Ray Allen tied the game with a three to send it into overtime, Ben Gordon hit a three of his own to force the second overtime. In all, he finished 22 points on 10-22 shooting.

Paul Pierce led all scorers with 29 points and seven rebounds, but he shot just 9-24 from the floor due to a slow start. Ray Allen added 28 points on 8-17 shooting (5-11 from three) as he continues his strong series.

It seems that the Celtics just ran out of gas in the second overtime, and who could blame them. They were without Kendrick Perkins and Brian Scalabrine, who both fouled out, and were forced to play their starters for extended minutes. It also doens’t help that they’re without Kevin Garnett and Leon Powe, and that Mikki Moore has been so ineffective.

When the Bulls have played out of their mind, they’ve barely beat the Celtics twice (Game 1 and Game 4), and barely lost Game 2. I don’t think they can blow the Celtics out, but as we’ve seen, they can get blown out. The Bulls need to win Game 5 in Boston to win the series (in my mind), because there’s no way they’ll beat the Celtics in a potential Game 7 in Boston.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in Boston at 7 p.m.

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2 comments for “Bulls Tie Series in Double-OT Win Over Celtics”

  1. So much can be said about this game, so I’ll keep it to two comments:

    As great as Rondo was, he made two horrible decisions, one at the end of each overtime. He should’ve drove the lane in the first OT and got the ball to Pierce a heck of a lot earlier at the end of the 2nd OT.

    As bad as Big Baby was shooting the ball, you just can’t get too mad when the Bulls get some layups at the end of the game when he’s play center at 6’8″. That just goes to the lack of depth.

    Posted by Jeff | April 26, 2009, 5:56 pm
  2. Well, it all looked mighty familiar. Pierce unable to sink 2 free throws at crunch time. The bench totally useless. Another overtime loss.

    Plus, a complete bonehead play allowing Gordon to take that 3 pointer when all the Celts had to do was foul on the inbound pass to prevent a 2nd overtime. Just basic stuff here, not rocket science. So much for veteran smarts.

    I think the world of Paul Pierce, but when will somebody tell him to stop driving from outside the 3 point line? He’s not a good ball handler to begin with, and should be posted up or getting the ball inside the foul line rather than challenging the entire Chicago team as some sort of dribbling expert. Strip, strip, fumble, strip. I cringe every time he tries that stuff.

    The Celts gave that one away. Looks like another 7 game opening round to me.

    Posted by Ken | April 26, 2009, 10:18 pm

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