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4.6 The Cooler

The Magic Are An Incredible Mess; Chicago Wins A Gut Check Game

By 04.06.12
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Chris Paul (photo. Zach Wolfe)

Chicago missed Derrick Rose for a 12th straight game and you’d have never guessed they were going to eventually beat Boston in oh, the second quarter. Down 13 with Rajon Rondo (10 points, 12 dimes) ripped passes past Joakim Noah‘s ear and Paul Pierce getting in the lane with resolve like it was 2008. Pierce had 17 in the first half. He only got five more in the second half. When’s the last time you saw Ray Allen (14 points) hit the side of the backboard from the corner? It’s like everything we believe is true is a lie. … Speaking of threes, John Lucas (five points) wasn’t his usual sparkplug but his only three was huge. He hit a three from suburban DeKalb, at least 29 feet, in Avery Bradley‘s grill in the fourth to get up four. To even get to that point C.J. Watson (15 points, eight assists, six turnovers) drilled consecutive threes that gave da Bulls their first lead since the first. Huge buckets. This makes it sound like the second half was just target practice for Chi but they won only shooting 41 percent from the field. The Bulls roll on. … Why put Jimmer on Chris Paul (13 points, eight assists, five boards and five steals) in the final 40 seconds? Paul got to the hoop for an easy layup to get the Clippers up three and the Kings could never close the gap. Sac-town’s Tyreke Evans (14 points) nearly stole the game if he could have held on to a steal on an inbounds pass with 20 seconds left, down one. It went off his hands, the Clips inbounded and kept getting to the line from there. The story would have been different if DeMarcus Cousins (eight points) could have stayed out of foul trouble but he was a non-factor in his 18 minutes. Well, the Kings needed someone to rebound, and Jason Thompson complied with 16 boards and 15 points. DeAndre Jordan had a nasty alley-oop finish, the only real highlight with Blake (14 and nine) not getting a dunk a night after killing Pau Gasol. … We loved Bill Walton doing color commentary in his Kings T-shirt based on a Grateful Dead design. … We’re out like Stan Van Gundy.

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