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Rose leads the Bulls to a 2-1 series lead
- Updated: May 6, 2011
The Chicago Bulls take command of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals series with a 99-82 stomping of the Atlanta Hawks. Derrick Rose lead the way posting 44 points and another performance showing the world his MVP ability. He found himself slashing through whatever defensive setup the Hawks threw at him tonight. Atlanta Guard and former Wake Forrest superstar Jeff Teague, who was the only bright spot in the ATL lineup scoring 21 points tonight, said: “He’s tough to cover anyway, but when his jump shot is falling, he is the MVP.” The Crowd seemed to agree tonight as well, as MVP chants filled the Arena all night.
Chicago lead by as much as 22 points at one point tonight, while the Hawks may have played very well in Games 1 & 2 they were unable to take the lead even once tonight, making it very easy for the Bulls to scoop up a very valuable road win and showing the Hawks they cant just let them shoot the 3 and hope it works out. the Key to this game seemed to be Chicago’s %50 shooting from the 3 PT line compared to the poor %16 that their opponents posted.
It may be a bit early to count out the Atlanta Hawks just yet in this series even though they are in a must win situation they’ve responded well to pressure this season many times. Just a few nights ago the Hawks shocked the Bulls with a high scoring 103-95 game 1 road victory, and with this game headed back to Chicago to finish out the series, the Bulls will have their hands full with a desperate and title hungry Atlanta team on their hands.
Written by: Brandon Bardenheier
Photo Courtesy of Soaringbird