This is not the exact same article and prediction I wrote below earlier today, where I talked about how Heat would learn from the close call and sweep the Sixers.
But it might as well be.
Same story, different city.
The Playoff’s started in style with Chicago nearly falling victim to the Pacers, the only team in the field with a sub-.500 record, to open the action.
And if it weren’t for a comeback led by Bulls star guard Derrick Rose, Chicago would be heading into Game 2 with a 0-1 record against outmatched Indiana.
But led by Rose’s 39 points, his final five of them being perhaps the most important of his MVP-caliber season, and a clutch 3-pointer by Kyle Korver, Chicago outlasted Indiana, 104-99 Saturday.
And all this after being down by as many as 10 points with just more than three minutes to play. But Rose led the Bulls back by igniting a 16-1 run to preserve the victory for Chicago and its NBA-best record of 62-20.
County Indiana’s Danny Granger among those not surprised with his awkward quote in the Chicago Sun-Times about the Bulls’ Rose and his come-back ability.
“With Derrick Rose on the other team, no. It's like a crazy stalker ex-girlfriend. Every time you tell her you don't want to talk to her, she'll show up at your door again."
And, again, not to sound like a copy and paste of previous story about Dwyane Wade and the Heat, but this squeaker in Chicago was enough for the Bulls to bury the Pacers.
Sorry Indiana, but Saturday’s double-digit lead with less than four minutes to play was your best shot at a win in this postseason.