It’s time to rally Bulls fans! Our men in red are headed to Philadelphia for tonight’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and we need the Bulls to kick it up a notch. The series is even at one game a piece after the Bulls got pounced by the 76ers Tuesday night. So let’s shake it off, make some adjustments and play like the team with the best record in the NBA. The atmosphere at Wells Fargo Center – the 76ers stadium – is sure to be at it’s highest intensity this year because this is the Sixers first home game of the playoffs. No better way to quiet the home crowd then to win on the road in the playoffs!
What You Need to Know and Watch For:
- The Sixers – 76ers – have all the momentum after the spanking they gave the Bulls in Game 2 and they’re going to have the support of all their Philly fans for Game 3 and 4. The Bulls are going to need to dig deep and create their own energy to fight their way to a win.
- A name to know and a player to watch out for is Jrue Holiday, the 76ers 21-year-old point guard. Jrue had his coming out party in Game 2 making a HUGE impact with 26 points. He’s definitely one of the posing threats to Chicago’s success in this first round. Lou Williams (one of the best shooters on the team) and Evan Turner (Chicago native and 76ers spark off the bench) are two other names to know and remember on the 76ers.
- Defense! Defense! These are two of the best defenses in the NBA and hopefully in Game 3 the Bulls won’t fall asleep after halftime. Like we’ve said before, the young 76ers team thrives on their defense. When they can create turnovers or block shots it boosts their confidence and they begin to play at a higher level – that can’t happen again tonight!
- If you’ve been avoiding the NBA Playoffs for the last week – it’s alright we won’t judge, but the Bulls will still be without their MVP point guard Derrick Rose. Out for the season with a torn ACL the Bulls will be looking to veteran Rip Hamilton to turn up the offense in Game 3. ‘RipCity’ only had 10 points in Game 2 which is not going to cut it. It wouldn’t hurt if Kyle Korver and Luol Deng also scored in the double digits tonight, which could secure a win.
Your TakeAway Piece: “If the Bulls can snatch a win in Game 3 or 4 they will be in good shape coming back to Chicago for Game 5. Winning a game on the road builds confidence and that’s just what the doctor ordered for the Bulls.” Because this is a best of 7 series and we’re all tied up, we will play at least 3 more games including tonight, so Game 4 and 5 are locked in.
What’s Next: No Rose, no problem, let’s hope so! It’s Friday night (possibly payday for some of us) and the Bulls are playing! Make sure you wear your lucky shirt, pants, underwear, whatever it takes because the Bulls need to bring home some wins from this adventure in Philadelphia. Tip off is at 7pm CT so tune in on ESPN or CSN Chicago. We can’t lose hope – let’s go!