Pippen Ain’t Easy Halftime Report

Bulls 42, Sixers 44 — HALFTIME

Well things are looking up here in Game 4 and the Bulls have two things to thank for that: Taj Gibson and a horrible start for the Sixers guards.

Gibson entered the game and proceeded to go off for 12 points and 5 rebounds in 10 minutes on the court. His gigantic contributions came at the perfect time, as both C.J. Watson and Carlos Boozer were slipping down the rope and were shooting a combined 2-15 from the field.

Speaking of bad shooting, the Sixers guards have an atrocious first half shooting 4-28. Evan Turner is having a bad turnaround after an emotionally charged performance in Game 3 and has yet to make any sort of contributions. He’s currently shooting 1-13 at the half.

The biggest guy for the Sixers right now is Spencer Hawes who has 17 points and is trying to keep things together until the Sixers guards decide they want to start scoring. Andre Iguodala has 6 points and is primed for a big second half with Luol Deng injured again.

Deng injured himself early in the game, which didn’t help the morale of a team that is already without it’s two biggest players in Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.

The second half will be something to watch intently. The Bulls have had the lead in each of the first three games of this series and have squandered it away in two of them. They don’t have the lead here and it will be interesting to see how they get it back and hopefully maintain it. The Sixers seem to come out hard in the second half of games and take advantage of the Bulls dragging their feet.

Don’t be surprised to see a flux in Kyle Korver’s minutes in the second half. Tom Thibodeau has been in love with the idea of over playing Luol Deng but it’s finally taking a toll and seeing as Deng hasn’t been healthy all year and that two major injuries the Bulls have sustained, Thibodeau better be in prevent mode with Deng.

C.J. Watson’s ugly first half didn’t do him any favors but it helped out John Lucas III and has given him a chance to enter and try and repeat his point performance from Game 2 where he scored 15 solid points off the bench. Chicago needs points if they want their defense to feel comfortable and if Watson isn’t going to do his part then it’s the next man up.

Chicago can win this game, but Taj Gibson can’t do it alone. Give him a little help and we’re looking at a 2-2 tied series heading back to the Windy City.

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