Saturday, April 23, 2011
Posted: 10 a.m.
Bulls at Pacers, Game 4 -- 1:30 p.m. on CSN
Chicago leads series 3-0
Bulls: PPG -- Derrick Rose (25.0); RPG -- Joakim Noah (10.4); APG -- Rose (7.7).
Pacers: PPG -- Danny Granger (20.5); RPG -- Roy Hibbert (7.5); APG -- Darren Collison (5.1).
The Bulls posted two tight wins in Chicago before surviving another close call in Game 3 on Thursday. The 88-84 victory featured 23 points from Rose and 21 from Luol Deng, who also contributed six rebounds and six assists. Noah contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds, while limiting Hibbert to 3-of-12 shooting. Granger paced Indiana with 21 points, though he missed a key 3-pointer late in the game.
Kyle Korver is 7-for-8 from 3-point range in the postseason. He was 5-for-6 from the field, including 2-of-3 from deep, en route to scoring 12 points in Game 3. Noah has done a little bit of everything, averaging 8.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals in the series.
The Bulls haven't exactly looked like the dominant No. 1 seed that some expected them to be in this series. Perhaps it would make a statement if they were able to blow out the Pacers in Game 4. ... Rose is shooting just 37.9 percent in the series, including 4-of-20 from 3-point range. ... Chicago will look to improve its defensive rebounding after allowing 15 offensive boards in Game 3.
Aside from Rose, who do you think has been the Bulls' best player in the postseason?