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Playoffs Ain't Easy: The Outer Limits

After game 3 I wrote that this was the series from “Lost”. May I change that to “The Outer Limits”? This series is simply insane.

Now 4 games in I have to surmise that the Celtics are just about as psycho as this Bulls team. How does a veteran team go from a dominant performance in game 3 to 19 turnovers and a terrible defensive effort in game 4? Is it apathy or ineptitude? Do they still not take the Bulls seriously? Didn’t someone tell them that without KG they can’t just flip a switch when they need to win?

Maybe the Bulls are better than I thought. Or the Celtics not as good. Whatever the case it’s undeniably fascinating to watch.

Derrick Rose 1 assist and/or 3 turnovers away from a triple-double. Ben Gordon continuing to make huge shots — think he’s getting paid this offseason? John Salmons blocking shots and forcing Paul Pierce into turnovers. Noah playing like a man possessed. Tyrus Thomas making huge blocks and huge jumpers but attempting shots that would get you benched in a rec league. A great game off the bench by Kirk Hinrich. Aaron Gray laughing it up on the bench during extremely tense game situations, then waving goodbye and hollering at Kendrick Perkins after his 6th foul. It’s all so exciting. The playoffs rule.

You know what doesn’t rule? The officiating. I don’t care to list examples, but suffice to say the Champs have received the majority of the favorable calls.

I thought the Bulls could steal a game or two from Boston. But beating them in Boston, and in a double-overtime game? Wow. Now I think they could win the series. I still don’t think they will, but I sure think it’s possible. Does that say more about the Bulls or the Celtics?


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