The Bulls force a game 6; will we see a game 7?

Bulls need Deng and Boozer to lead the offense

5/10/12 in NBA   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

May 8, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA;  Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (5) congratulates small forward Luol Deng (9) for scoring during the second half of game five in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers at the United Center. The Bulls won 77-69. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIREDid the Bulls players read what I'd written here leading up to game 5? Did the front office or head coach read it? From Deng and Boozer finally putting together big offensive games, to seeing Kyle Korver on the bench where he belongs; I was just pleasantly surprised by what I feel should have been happening since Rose went down.

I asked for it and they finally delivered. Oh, and it wasn't pretty to watch. For those unfamiliar with my thoughts on the NBA; there is such a thing as good defense, but bad offense plays a part in these embarrassingly low scores. Good initial defense, help defense, great rotation, and close out perimeter defense is enhanced when the ball sticks and doesn't move. Poor shot selection and recognizing when a good shot is available; versus over passing and then taking a worse shot with the shot clock winding down, also make defenses look better.

How about when a pick is set and the player dribbles towards the corner, inviting the help defender while creating an extra defender with the corner or sideline via a trap. Today's attempt at the 2 man game is far more convoluted than it needs to be. Just get rid of the damn ball. So many turnovers occur on a play that is supposed to create an easier shot for the offense.

The Sixers offense is just awful. Doesn't it seem like game 2 where they couldn't miss happened a month ago? It makes you nauseous as a Bulls fan to think how they are the ones trying to stave off elimination. Whether it was the game two 3rd quarter or the game three 4th quarter, the Bulls could've ended the series in 5 games.

May 8, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA;  Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes (00) shoots during the second half of game five in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. The Bulls won 77-69. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIREWhen you watch the last 3 games and see how bad the Sixers offense has been, it makes you shake your head when you think this lousy offense actually shot 59% for an entire game and outscored the Bulls 36-14 in the 3rd quarter of that game. Don't forget the Bulls were up 10. Then game 3 with the Bulls up 14 in the 4th quarter and the Sixers struggling to do anything offensively, they got a great boost from an unlikely source. Spencer Hawes, who resembles the mountain men from the movie deliverance, had the quarter of his career. The question is, does that happen with Joakim Noah on the court? 

Unless Doug Collins can make some unforeseen adjustments to the offense, the Sixers will continue to labor to make any baskets whatsoever. The lone concern going into game 6, is whether or not Boozer and Deng can duplicate what they did in game 5. If they can, this series will be heading back to Chicago for a game 7.

Joakim Noah is saying he will play. Whether he plays 35 minutes or just 20 minutes, his intensity and will should be enough to provide the Bulls with the spark they need to live another day.

I want to see how the Sixers respond to the adversity of a 2 point game in the 4th quarter. How will they handle the pressure?
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