Sunday , May , 13 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Luol Deng & Chicago Bulls Salvage Game Four Against Detroit Pistons & Chaucey Billups

The Detroit Pistons tried to coast and it cost them … The Chicago Bulls won game four and are still alive … Deng, Hinrich, and Gordon produced for the Bulls, B-Wallace collected 17 rebounds … Where was Detroit’s focus? … And where was Chris Webber? … Click here for all this and much more …

What Happened: Hold on. The fat lady hasn’t belched out a tune. This thing isn’t quite over.

Chicago’s three perimeter stars, , , and , led to a 102-87 win over the on Sunday afternoon at the United Center.

Deng had a double-double, scoring 25 points and pulling in 13 rebounds. Hinrich and each had 19 points, while registered 11 points to go with 17 rebounds.

Unlike game three, the Bulls maintained their composure when the Pistons made a late run. pulled Detroit within seven points with a late three-point shot, but Gordon immediately answered with his own three-pointer.

But the Pistons looked bored. They spotted the Bulls a big lead and only focused for the fourth quarter.

Billups led the way for Detroit, dropping 23 points and seven assists. had 18 points and 7 rebounds, while added 14 points and 7 rebounds.

Despite the loss, the Pistons still lead the series 3-1. Game five is Tuesday in Detroit. They’ll be looking to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the fifth consecutive season.

Reaction of Chicago center Ben Wallace
on winning game four:
"I don’t care who it is, we are better than being swept in four games. We just have to come out and fight." (ESPN)

Reaction of Chicago guard Kirk Hinrich
on the Bulls surviving the Pistons late run:
"I think the feeling was we knew the run was coming. You feel like the shift in momentum. We just needed to take a deep breath and just keep what we were doing to get there — moving the ball, keeping an up-tempo game and getting stops." (CNNSI)

Reaction of Detroit forward Rasheed Wallace on the Pistons not being worried about the loss: "We’re not concerned at all. Our hats off to them, they won the game, you got to respect them for that, they play hard today, but we will go and play hard on Tuesday." (ESPN)

My Take: The Bulls deserve credit for the win. They could have folded the tent, trailing 0-3 in the series. But they showed some pride and salvaged a victory.

However, Detroit didn’t show up to play. They fell behind and hoped that they could produce another miracle comeback like game three. It didn’t wok out. But the Piston players weren’t particularly concerned.

 “Worried? No. we’re going back to our home," McDyess said following Detroit’s 102-87 loss. "Why worry? We just feel we let one get away from us. We didn’t play with the aggressiveness and intensity that we normally play with, and the whole second half we played like: ‘OK, we’re down, but we know we can come back.’ You can’t do that."
                                                                        (ESPN article with Chris Sheridan)

"We do have a second gear — everyone knows that," Chauncey Billups said.
                                                                        (ESPN article with Chris Sheridan)

What should concern Detroit? ’s gone MIA. C-Web didn’t score and grabbed four rebounds for the two Chicago games.

The Pistons have to close this series out in game five. But they also need to get Webber rolling again.

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