The Chicago Bulls won Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series with the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, but lost the 2011 NBA MVP in the process, with Derrick Rose's torn ACL casting a pall over the victory. The Bulls will face their brave new world on Tuesday night in Game 2 against the Sixers.
Rose's absence is not that new for the Bulls — the dynamic point guard missed close to half of the 2011-12 season with a variety of injuries, and Chicago still managed to compile the league's best record. But without their playmaker, the Bulls might struggle to score.
That's great news for Philadelphia, maybe the worst offensive team in the 2012 NBA playoffs. The 76ers have topped 100 points just 11 times since the All-Star break, and five of those outings have come against the Warriors, Nets, Cavaliers and Bobcats.
No. 8 Philadelphia 76ers at No. 1 Chicago Bulls
8 p.m. ET -- Game 2, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals | Bulls lead, 1-0
National TV: TNT
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