May 1, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) presents the game ball to referee Courtney Kirkland (61) before game two in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs between the Chicago Bulls and the Philadelphia 76ers at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Playoffs: Tuesday's Games Reactions

Philadelphia 76ers 109 Chicago Bulls 92

May 1, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Philadelphia 76ers point guard Lou Williams (23) dunks against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of game two in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the United Center. The 76ers beat the Bulls 109-92. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

Looks like we might have a series on our hands.  Everything was going fine for the Chicago Bulls in the first half, but then things turned for the better for the Sixers.  They put together a third quarter that saw them outscore the Bulls 36-14.  That’s never a good sign your team is going to win the game when you muster only that many points, and let the other guys put up over 30 points.  The Bulls will have to figure out what to do without Derrick Rose, but at least they have a few days till game three on Friday.  Lou Williams and Jrue Holiday lead the way in scoring for the Sixers with 20 and 26 points, respectively.  The Sixers will need to keep putting a quarter like that third one together and they might be able to upset the number one seed, Chicago Bulls.

Boston Celtics  87            Atlanta Hawks  80

May 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5) goes in for the layup while being defended by Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Smith (0) during the second half of game two in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. Celtics won 87 - 80. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE

This was the game that I thought the Hawks had to win, and come closer to putting away the Celtics.  But this Celtics team showed their not ready to go away yet, even without Rajon Rondo.  Paul Pierce looked like the Paul Pierce of old as he found his way to 36 points.  He outscored the Hawks team down the stretch when the Celtics decided to give him the ball, and let him do what he does best.  Josh Smith gets injured in this one, and is listed day to day, but the Hawks are hoping he’ll be back.

Los Angeles Lakers  104            Denver Nuggets  100

May 1, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) and shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) celebrate after Bynum scores and draws a foul against the Denver Nuggets during the second half of game two of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Speaking of old men doing their thing, how about Kobe Bryant putting up 38 points in this game?  He saw Paul Pierce’s 36 and decided to better it.  Andrew Bynum added a career postseason high of 27 points, and the Nuggets are in a bad place down 2-0.  Like I said before, the Lakers should get out of the first round quickly and easily even as the series goes to Denver.