Today is a wild day for Chicago sports fans, as both the Bulls and the Blackhawks are one win away from advancing to the second round of their respective playoffs.
The Bulls are heading into Game 5 tonight against the Indiana Pacers with a 3-1 lead in the series. Chicago’s Derrick Rose, who had a sprained ankle, is expected to play. Rose described the team’s letdown after losing Game 4 on Saturday.
“We were definitely mad we didn’t win the last game,” said Rose. “We could’ve had these days to rest and really prepare for the next team. But in the playoffs, anything can happen. They came out and played a great game.”
Rose said he hopes to finish off the Pacers at the United Center tonight. The game starts at 7:00 pm.
In Vancouver, the Blackhawks are taking on the Canucks in the final game of their best-of-seven series. After dropping the first three games, the defending Stanley Cup champions came back to win three in a row. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said his team really loosened up after losing the first three. He’s confident the team has the drive to finish it.
“We’ve been effective on the road. We got the momentum. We want to sustain it. We want to keep it,” said Quenneville after their win on Sunday. “We expect a fun building. And I think … there’s no pressure on us from Game 4 on, and we got the same approach going into Game 7.”
The action starts at 9:00 pm Central.