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News » Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2008-03-29


Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2008-03-29


Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2008-03-29
The Bulls' wobbly playoff hopes all but ended with Friday's 106-103 loss at Atlanta. They now trail the eighth-place Hawks by four games for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with just 10 games remaining.

They're not mathematically eliminated and could still win a tiebreaker with the Hawks based on conference record. But considering how the Bulls haven't even won three games in a row this season, a big finish doesn't seem to be a strong possibility.

The Bulls (28-44) play again right away, completing a stretch of four games in five nights at home Saturday against Milwaukee. The Bulls haven't seen the Bucks since Dec. 28, when Jim Boylan made his coaching debut with a 103-99 win.

"You've just got to keep battling," Boylan said after the loss to Atlanta. "Nothing great has ever happened to people who quit."

"We're not going to quit fighting until we're eliminated," guard Kirk Hinrich added. "This has been a season when a lot didn't go right for us. We just have to keep playing."

HAWKS 106, BULLS 103: The Bulls played miserably at the start of both halves and trailed Atlanta by 22 points early in the third quarter. Then they tried to salvage their playoff hopes with a furious fourth-quarter rally, but fell short in a 106-103 loss on Friday at Philips Arena.

The Hawks' lead was 88-75 with 9:47 remaining when an unlikely lineup featuring center Aaron Gray and guard Chris Duhon finally clicked for the Bulls. Gray began the comeback by scoring consecutive baskets, while forward Andres Nocioni blocked a dunk attempt by Hawks forward Josh Childress.

The Bulls closed within a point and had a chance to take the lead when Nocioni's runner rolled off the rim with 2:30 remaining. Atlanta built the lead back to 103-98 before a Ben Gordon three-pointer and Gray dunk made it 104-103 with 10.4 seconds on the clock.

On the ensuing inbounds play, the Bulls lost track of Atlanta's Al Horford, who scored on a breakaway dunk. Gordon hurried back and got a decent look at a potential game-tying three-pointer, but it rolled around the rim and out just before the final buzzer.

Guard Mike Bibby led the Hawks with 30 points. He buried 11 of 15 shots overall and hit 6-of-8 attempts from three-point range.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 29, 2008

 

 
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