Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 5/2/12

Analyzing sports can be a very frustrating thing sometimes. It seems like nobody can really predict what will happen on any given day. I guess that’s why somebody coined the phrase, “that’s why you play the games.” More often than not, any attempt at predicting or breaking down an event before it happens ends up making the author look uninformed and illogical, whether that happens to be true or not. It is definitely a dangerous game that we play.

However, once in a great while, the stars align and this job makes you feel like a million bucks. For this writer, that moment of clarity came late last night while the 76ers completely dismantled the Eastern Conference front runner Chicago Bulls. For those of you that take the time to read the articles on this page, you will know that I had a very specific opinion on the loss of Derrick Rose. In no way at all did I think that losing the reigning MVP of the league would equal a series loss for the Bulls. But, I did believe that the Sixers could make this series a battle if they made some changes to the lackluster execution that they exhibited during game one.

Philadelphia did not let me down. Not only did they steal a win in Chicago, but they absolutely embarrassed a reeling Bulls team. They are 17 point margin of victory is the second largest road win In league history during a meeting between a top seed and an eight seed. The Sixers really busted the game open in the third quarter. They were down by eight at the half, but outscored the Bulls 36-14 in the deciding stanza of this matchup. It wasn’t just a let down by Chicago. Philly executed their game plan perfectly, not committing a single turnover in the third quarter.

In my last article, I said that the Sixers would need to correct their shooting from the field in order to Win. They shot 57%, and over 62% in the second half of the game. That’s what I call a correction. I also noted that they would need to find a way to be better on the glass, both offensively and defensively. I can’t even put into words how surprised I was by the absolute 180 in effort displayed down low. Not only did they show to mass city under the rim, but they outrebounded the league-leading Chicago Bulls by six rebounds in total. And sloppiness in the transition game? The Sixers accumulated 25 fast-break points in game two. They capitalized on every mistake that Chicago committed.

I’m still not prepared to say that the Sixers could feasibly win this series. Chicago is a fantastic team who has a knack for bouncing back from tough losses. But with a exclamation point style win under their belt to bring home to the Wells Fargo Center, the crowd in Philadelphia could catapult this team into competing for a second round berth. We have Chicago on their heels. You could see in their faces how much they doubt their ability when missing their MVP. If the Sixers can keep on “kicking their asses,” (couldn’t have said it better myself, Joakim Noah) we may be able to capitalize on the awful timing of the Derrick Rose injury for the Bulls. The Well be bumping for game 3. Let’s hope that it ends in Big Macs and confetti.

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