Bulls fans gear up, Pau Gasol out for Game 4 vs. Cavaliers

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose drives to the basket past Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the second half of Game 3 in Chicago on May 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Bulls fans across Chicago are gearing up for Game 4 in the team's playoffs series against the Cavaliers Sunday afternoon.

The end of Game 3 brought many fans to their feet Friday as guard Derrick Rose fired a three-pointer at the buzzer for a 99-96 win. Rose had 30 points in addition to seven rebounds.

The Bulls now lead the series 2-1.

"It was back and forth throughout the entire game so that was a really exciting game to watch," said Peter Arboleda, a Bulls fan.

Bulls forward Pau Gasol will miss Sunday's game because of a strained left hamstring.

Coach Tom Thibodeau said Sunday the five-time All-Star was still sore and remains day to day. He said he is not sure if Gasol will be ready for Game 5 on Tuesday at Cleveland.

Gasol left Friday's game and an MRI showed no major structural damage. Taj Gibson was in the lineup in his place.

A two-time champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, Gasol averaged 18.5 points and 11.8 rebounds after signing with Chicago last summer. At 34, he led the NBA with a career-high 54 double-doubles.

Already sporting their Bulls gear, some patrons of the Palace Grill in the Near West Side talked about the series.

"It's a really exciting time for the Bulls and for all the fans," said Christina Lemperis, Palace Grill manager. "That last score that D-Rose got was amazing! Everyone was so excited, it was just unreal. It's a really great time to be a Bulls fan."

Tipoff will be at 2:30 p.m. on ABC7.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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