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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.