Bull run: Whizzer predicts Bulls-76ers playoffs series

April 26, 2012|By Whizzer, RedEye

It's up to you, Bulls.

After the Blackhawks fizzled out like LeBron James in the fourth quarter, Chicago sports fans are counting on the Bulls to make a deep playoff run to help them forget the debacle on ice.

Well, I've got good news for you, Bulls fans. The future looks bright for the Bulls this offseason. That's what my prognosticating powers are telling me, at least. And, no, this is not a good time to remind me I picked the Blackhawks to beat the Coyotes in six games. My mind was clouded from a day of chasing squirrels in Grant Park.

Speaking of Grant Park, we might see the Bulls there again soon. But, I'm getting ahead of myself.

There's the matter of the first round of the NBA playoffs to take care of first.

Here now, my picks.

Game 1: Bulls vs. Philadelphia

This is not a drill, Bulls fans. This is the real thing. No more worrying about days off, maintenance or playoff positioning—unless you're talking about where I'm laying to watch the game. The Madhouse on Madison should be rocking for this one, and Derrick Rose and Co. will come out on fire. Not literally, that would be tragedy. Like the time I inadvertently got my tail stuck in the RedEye office's ceramic space heater. But I digress. Bulls cruise, 76ers lose.

BULLS 91, 76ERS 80.

BULLS LEAD SERIES 1-0.


Game 2: Bulls vs. Philadelphia

Hey, Evan Turner, you still think you match up better with the Bulls? Rose thinks not, as he drops a triple-double on you. Carlos Boozer doesn't either, as he screams in your face "AND ONE!" Nor does Kyle Korver, who spills Hot Sauce all over you. In other words, your bulletin board statement was not wise. Drive home safely, beep-beep.

BULLS 99, 76ERS 79

BULLS LEAD SERIES 2-0.


Game 3: Bulls at Philadelphia

In the City of Brotherly Love—that's weird when you think about it, no?—the Bulls continue to show no love for Philly. Andre Iguodala tries to keep the 76ers in this, but it's the Rip Hamilton show in this one. He's getting hot at just the right time, Bulls fans.

BULLS 82, 76ERS 75

BULLS LEAD SERIES 3-0.


Game 4: Bulls at Philadelphia

This one gets out of hand, like many closeout games sometimes do. In the end, the 76ers didn't have the firepower or the heart to hang with the Bulls. Bonus: Because of the huge lead they establish, the Bulls rest Rose, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer for a good part of the fourth quarter. On to the next one ..

BULLS 87, 76ERS 73.

BULLS WIN SERIES 4-0.

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