Luol Keeps Bulls' Playoff Hopes Alive -

Luol Keeps Bulls’ Playoff Hopes Alive

Luol Deng led Chicago on Tuesday night

Luol Deng led Chicago on Tuesday nightLuol Deng and the Chicago Bulls kept their NBA Playoffs dream alive on Tuesday night with a 77-69 win at home against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Bulls trailed the best-of-seven series 3-1 and were facing a first round elimination but Deng’s 24 points and eight rebounds helped force a Game 6 between the two teams which will take place in Philadelphia on Thursday.

After averaging just eight points in the previous three games as he struggles with a wrist injury, Deng went 10/19 from the floor, including 4/5 from three point range, adding 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

The victory was the first for the Bulls since league MVP Derrick Rose went down with an ACL tear in Game 1 of the series.

Without Rose, as well as an injury to Joakim Noah, analysts consider the Bulls’ championship dreams over – leaving many Great Britain fans hoping for an early Chicago exit from the playoffs to give Luol a chance to rest before the Olympics. He has recently said he has no intentions of having surgery.

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