Derrick Rose Suffers Leg Injury As Chicago Bulls Hold Off Philadelphia 76ers 103-91 To Take Game 1 (With TNT Notes)
Derrick Rose suffered what appears to be a serious leg injury in the closing minutes of the Chicago Bulls opening round of the playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers. TNT sideline reporter Cheryl Miller has reported that Rose has been taken to a local hospital.
TNT’s coverage of the 2012 NBA Playoffs continues Sunday, April 29 at 7 p.m. ET with a doubleheader featuring the Boston Celtics @ Atlanta Hawks (Game 1) followed by the Los Angeles Clippers @ Memphis Grizzlies (Game 1).
**Addendum (6:30 EST): The Chicago Sun times is reporting Derrick Rose is out for the remainder of the playoffs. The result of an acl tear.**
As for the game, the Bulls jumped out to a 10-3 run – surviving runs by the Sixers to hold on for a 103-91 victory.
The Bulls shot better from beyond the arc than the Sixers did from the field as the #1 seeded Bulls opened the NBA playoffs with a 103-91. The Sixers appeared overwhelmed from the outset as the Bulls jumped out to an early double-digit lead. The Sixers would eventually rally but the Bulls with a 47-38 rebounding advantage were able to get second chance opportunities where the Sixers who shot 33-83 (39.8%) from the floor never reached an offensive flow. The Bulls were successful taking away the Sixers leading scorer Lou Williams as he finished with 9 points on 1 for 6 shooting.
The Bulls shot 51 percent from the floor, placing four of five starters in double figures as Rose (23 points) was a rebound and an assist shy of his first career triple-double. Joakim Noah has 12 points and a game-high 13 boards, Luol Deng added 17 points and 6 rebounds. The Sixers got a spirited effort from veteran Elton Brand who finished with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Jrue Holiday (16 points) hit the only Sixers three-point basket to open their scoring as they would finish 1 for 9 (11.1%), Evan Turner finished with 12 points, 5 assists and 3 steals, Thaddeus Young scored 13 points and Andre Iguodala finished with 11 points, going 3 for 11 from the floor.
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Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith
Smith on how the Bulls look like champions with forwards Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah: “The reason why we’ve always said that Chicago has not gotten to the NBA Finals is because Carlos Boozer is too small at the power forward position and he sometimes gets dominated. He won’t get dominated and he’s not too small in this series. He will score in the low post. All of a sudden, they have a great low post game, then you put [Boozer] with Joakim Noah and the Bulls look like a mighty champion.”
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Philadelphia 76ers (91) @ Chicago Bulls (103) – Bulls lead the series 1-0
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst) and Cheryl Miller (reporter)
Miller on Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau: “No Bull will probably make an All-NBA Team and yet they have the best record in the NBA again. That’s why you can make a strong case for Tom Thibodeau as Coach of the Year.”
Miller on the Bulls upgrading their perimeter shooting with the addition of Rip Hamilton: “A year ago, [the Bulls] had Ronnie Brewer in the corner and [the defense] would allow him to shoot the ball. Now you’ve got a guy who’s won a championship in Rip Hamilton and you have to honor [his shooting].”
Miller on Bulls reserve point guard C.J. Watson: “C.J. Watson has been the unsung MVP for the Bulls this season.”
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Sprint Halftime Report
Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith
Barkley on Bulls guard Rip Hamilton: “Rip Hamilton might be the best mid-range shooter I’ve seen in the NBA. If he plays well, it’s going to be hard to beat the Chicago Bulls.”
O’Neal on Bulls forward Joakim Noah: “He’s a dominant ‘other.’ He doesn’t have plays called for him but he’s a great hustler.”
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Miller on the challenges Sixers forward Evan Turner has faced in the NBA: “When he was at Ohio State, he handled and dominated the basketball. You have to be more free-flowing once you get to the NBA. You have to be able to do a little bit of everything and play off the basketball. That’s been the hardest thing for Evan Turner…playing away from the basketball.”
Miller on Sixers forward Andre Iguodala: “Igoudala would be a really good No. 3 on a really good team. But he has to be a No. 1 or No. 2 with the Sixers.”
Miller on Bulls guard Derrick Rose’s injury: “[The Bulls] are used to playing without Derrick Rose this season…now C.J. Watson and John Lucas (III) are back in the fold.”