The Province



PHILADELPH­IA — The Chicago Bulls took flight for Philadelph­ia without both a series lead and superstar guard Derrick Rose.

They counted on having both after the first two games against the 76ers.

Rose’s torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee cost him the postseason and any chance the Bulls had of sweeping the Sixers in the best-of-seven series.

Rose’s absence in Game 2 was the break the Sixers needed to became the first No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference to win a game on the road since 2003. The Sixers head home and are ready to show Philadelph­ia they’re more than a minor speed bump in Chicago’s playoff run — they believe more than ever they can beat the top team in the East and make a big march of their own through May.

“We look forward to coming back and giving them a good show,”sixers guard Andre Iguodala said Thursday.

Game 3 is tonight and Game 4 Sunday in Philadelph­ia. The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1.

No player wants to see another suffer the type of injury that Rose did. He’s the reigning NBA MVP and one of the more exciting and dominant players in the game.

But he’s gone for good this postseason — and the Sixers are ready to pounce.

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