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Bulls vs. Sixers, 2012 NBA Playoffs: Sixers take game four 89-82, Bulls one game from elimination

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Caption contest? All my ideas are maybe too mean. (Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE)
Caption contest? All my ideas are maybe too mean. (Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE)

Bulls hung tight for most of this game, but there was a sense all along there just wouldn't be enough to close it out. Playoff basketball needs late-game shotmakers, and the Bulls really don't have one.

I rarely ever bring officiating up, but it was noticeably poor tonight. A couple late calls back-to-back showed a failure to give the Bulls defense as much of a leeway on contact as they did for Philly. And then when the Bulls were playing clock management down late, the refs missed CJ Watson trying to give a foul (to be fair, he could've tried harder) and then an extremely touchy call on Asik as the shot clock expired.

But it likely wouldn't have mattered anyway. Without Rose and now Joakim Noah (and half of Deng), the Bulls do not have more than enough to win.