In their first shot at clinching a spot in the second round after taking a 3-1 series lead on Saturday, the Chicago Bulls couldn’t get enough stops to get the job done, losing 110-91 to the Brooklyn Nets. The series will now shift back to Chicago for game six on Thursday.
Nate Robinson had another solid game, if short of his amazing performance Saturday, with 20 points and 8 assists. Jimmy Butler scored 18 points on 9 shots and played his usual excellent defense. In fact, the Bulls’ entire starting five scored in double-figures, but it wasn’t enough to overcome double-doubles from Brook Lopez and Deron Williams.
You’re gonna hear a lot about how Kirk Hinrich’s absence affected Chicago in this game, but the Bulls had a lot of trouble boxing out, getting pounded on the boards. That, moreso than the absence of Hinrich, is the story of this game.
Again, the Bulls will return home now for game six on Thursday at the United Center, up 3-2. The game will start at 7 p.m. central time on TNT. A win ensures the Bulls a second-round date with the Miami Heat, while a loss would force a game seven in Brooklyn on Saturday.