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Game 6: Sixers 79, Bulls 78

11 May 2012

Three Stars (leaderboard)
1. Luol Deng: 19 points (.548 TS%), 17 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks
2. Omer Asik: 10 points (.551 TS%), 9 rebounds, 2 blocks in 39 minutes
3. Rip Hamilton: 19 points (.465 TS%), 8 rebounds (5 offensive)

Well, that’s over.

I mean, how upset are we going to get about the end of this Dead Men Walking playoff slog? The Bulls’ season ended when Derrick Rose blew out his knee.

C.J. Watson is getting most of the blame, and he certainly was awful (again), jacking up bad shots in crunch time and frequently unable to get the Bulls into any semblance of a smooth offensive set. And he made the worst decision of the game, passing to Omer Asik, one of the league’s worst foul shooters, when the Sixers had to foul in the closing seconds.

Asik bricked the free throws, opening the door for Andre Iguodala to win it at the line a few moments later, so the big guy gets some of the blame, too.

But let me repeat: We are complaining that C.J. Watson and Omer Asik could not win the game for the Bulls.

C.J. Watson.

And Omer Asik.

Solid backups. This, in fact, was probably the best game of Asik’s NBA career. But this is what it had come to, with Rose and Joakim Noah injured: Their backups, perhaps the eighth- and ninth-best players on the team, had the game in their hands in the end.

Don’t cry for this loss. The Bulls were dead already.

Box Score

Series: Sixers win, 4-2

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