The NBA playoffs serve as a huge reality check for teams, showing them their true weaknesses and where they have to get better if they want to win a title.
Andre Iguodala made the go-ahead free throws with 2.2 seconds left and the Philadelphia 76ers rallied for a 79-78 victory over the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in Game 6 on Thursday night, advancing to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 2003.
Luol Deng scored 24 points, Carlos Boozer added 19 points and 13 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Philadelphia 76ers 77-69 on Tuesday night to avoid a first-round playoff exit.
Spencer Hawes scored 22 points and Jrue Holiday had 20 to help the surprising Philadelphia 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls 89-82 on Sunday and take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.
Jrue Holiday scored 26 points, Lou Williams added 20 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat Chicago 109-92 on Tuesday night to even their first-round series in the Bulls’ first game since Derrick Rose’s season-ending knee injury.
The NBA’s compressed schedule, with 66 games in four months followed by one day off before the playoffs, was tough on everyone.
The Bulls won Saturday’s game, but they have lost their point guard for the rest of the season.
Move over, Kobe and LeBron: Only Derrick Rose could top Linsanity when it came to jersey sales over the past year.
The Bulls have won home court advantage for the first round in the Eastern Conference playoffs, with the Miami Heat having lost Tuesday night.
Who the Knicks should want to face in the first round of the NBA playoffs has fans all over the city embroiled in argument.
The Knicks were riding high, looking for a second straight win against the suddenly Derrick Rose-less Bulls. But Chicago rose to the challenge.
Derrick Rose scored 32 points and the Chicago Bulls beat New York 104-99 on Monday night, handing the Knicks their sixth straight loss.
We want to know something about our sports figures beyond the superficial. We want to know what makes them tick to the tune of great accomplishment.
But where’s the line between salient and salacious?
Led by Deron Williams and Kris Humphries, the Nets cruised past the Chicago Bulls, 97-85 on Saturday evening.
Carlos Boozer scored 24 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the New Jersey Nets 109-87 Monday night.