Ole’: Bulls still in the fight
(Sports Network) – All the Chicago Bulls have to do in order to capture a
playoff berth is keep winning and hope Philadelphia continues its recent woes.
The Bulls are right in the mix after posting their second straight win Sunday
against the Boston Celtics. The Celtics are also in the hunt for the
postseason, but Chicago proved its strong desire to capture the eighth and
final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Luol Deng scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Chris Duhon and
Ben Gordon scored 17 points apiece for the Bulls, who are only 1 1/2 games
behind the 76ers for the eighth spot in the conference.
Philly has dropped two straight and nine of its last 11 games.
The first rookie to earn the NBA’s Sixth Man Award last season, Gordon scored
11 points in the final four minutes to help the rally. Gordon has been coming
off the bench as of late in head coach Scott Skiles’ new scheme.
Tyson Chandler notched 10 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots, one of
which prevented Boston from tying the game with under 20 seconds to go. The
effort helped the Bulls move 2 1/2 games ahead of 10th-place Boston.
Chicago, which has 12 games remaining on the regular-season schedule, could be
without forward Malik Allen, who missed his second consecutive game with lower
back spasms. He is listed as day-to-day.
The Bulls play five of their next seven games at home, including games against
Boston and a crucial home-and-home series with the Sixers.
Indiana and New Jersey will also take trips to the Windy City.