CHICAGO (WSCR) Without facing elimination, Game 4 was about as close to a must-win game for the Chicago Bulls as you can get. Trailing 2-1 in the series, the Bulls could either come home tied or facing elimination.
And at the end of a hard fought game that went into overtime, the Bulls just didn’t have enough left to overcome LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
“They had their shot,” Sam Smith, of Bulls.com, said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “And they hung in there, they took, that boxing analogy, every punch, and they really played a good game for the most part. They did what they do, you know, they don’t have the offense of [Miami], and you know, I guess they didn’t make enough difference in rebounding.”
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But with the game tied, and the seconds ticking away in regulation, league MVP Derrick Rose held the ball in his hand, going one-on-one against last year’s league MVP.
“You have a chance to win,” Smith said. “With your best player sitting with the ball with eight seconds to go, you know, you take that, especially on the road in a game like that.”
“It was a really great game and somebody had to lose it.”