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How bad were the Bulls last night? I'll let Jamaal Magloire answer that:


Sigh.

It was just that kind of night.

The Heat beat the Bulls on the boards and they beat them up. For example:


Miami forced Chicago to shoot 34.1 percent from the field. The Heat packed the paint and willingly gave up open threes. The Bulls capitulated but couldn't convert, going 3-for-20 from downtown. They also missed 10 free throws

It was like the chunk of their brains that controls shooting was taken out and replaced with Michael Bolton's Jack Sparrow song. Which, while totally awesome, doesn't contribute much to putting a ball in a basket.

Check out these ugly numbers: Derrick Rose (7-for-23, 0-for-3 on threes), Carlos Boozer (3-for-10), Luol Deng (5-for-15, 1-for-7 on threes), Kyle Korver (1-for-7, 1-for-5 on threes). Let's face it, those are the Bulls' shooters/scorers. And Boozer, Deng and Rose combined for 8 of Chicago's 10 turnovers. Every time Deng tried to drive baseline, he got the ball stripped.

Rose tried to set up his teammates, and he finished with eight assists, but guys weren't hitting. From ESPN Stats and Information: "Derrick Rose couldn't find his shooting rhythm, and when he created shots for his teammates, they too struggled to convert chances into points. Starting frontcourt Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng had a hard time converting Rose's passes, as the two forwards combined to shoot 2 of 9 (four points) off passes by Rose, and sharpshooter Kyle Korver missed all four of his chances created by the league MVP."

With homecourt advantage on the line, the Bulls mustered only 10 points in the fourth quarter and finished with a playoff-low 75 points.

The Bulls weren't much better on the other end. LeBron James (29 points, 12-for-21) and Dwyane Wade (24 points, 8-for-16, 8-for-10 at the line) did whatever they wanted, and King Crab hit four clutch hoops down the stretch, including a three-pointer with 4:28 left that broke a 73-73 tie and put the Heat in total control. Chicago scored only two more points the rest of the way.

Said Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau: "We played a low-energy offense, a low-energy defense and the result was not good."

He's got that right.

And, hell, I haven't even brought up the mess the Bulls made in the paint last night. From ESPN Stats and Information: "The Bulls made 15-of-33 shots (45.5 pct) inside five feet in Game 2 against the Heat, well below their season average of 58.9 percent entering Wednesday night. Derrick Rose (2 of 10), Carlos Boozer (3 of 8) and Joakim Noah (2 of 6) were three big reasons the Bulls were outscored 50-34 in the paint."

According to Hoopdata, the Heat went 16-for-20 at the rim, an 80 percent conversion rate.

I've gotta tell you, Udonis Haslem was to Game 2 what Taj Gibson was to Game 1. He finished with a plus-minus score of -11, but his energy inspired his teammates. He threw down dunks. He blocked a shot by Rose. He hit a couple 20-footers at the end of the third quarter to stave off a Bulls rally. He grabbed 3 key offensive rebounds and made countless hustle plays.


But let's face it. Haslem didn't beat Chicago by himself. Nor did LeBron or Wade.

The Bulls won Game 1 with defense and rebounding.

They lost Game 2 for the same reasons.

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21 Comments:
Anonymous waylander said...
I can hardly credit Michael Bolton with being that funny, but that video is pretty awesome.

I also liked Akon's collaboration with Lonely Island.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQlIhraqL7o

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Chicago will stil win the series though. Cannot help but feel this whould have been a Celtics - Bulls CF if Danny Mainge had not struck.... Yeah I am a Celtics fan

Anonymous King Kong said...
uhh sounds like they lost Game 1 because they forgot how to put the ball in the hole

Blogger Mr. Satan said...
Goddamn it Bulls, you could have been two games closer from eliminating the cHeat. *Sigh*...

Blogger Lord Kerrance said...
Remember that whole Bizarro-world Playoffs thing from the first round? It doesn't get much more Bizarro than Miami's defense and rebounding destroying the Bulls. But what struck me is how Chicago's offense resembled Miami's iso-heavy sets. Every half-court possession in the 4th seemed to be Rose driving into double teams and hoping for contact. On Miami, you've got two and a half guys you can run that for; Chicago's only got one, and man did he looked gassed by the end.

Blogger winnetou said...
Totally unrelated video: Get Blake Griffin in RAGE

Blogger Solieyu said...
No WOTN mention for the horrendous first half officiating? Terrible foul and out of bounds calls screwed up both teams' rotations and offensive rhythm. There were crap calls everywhere.

Anonymous Kenny said...
I don't think it's fair to say they lost b/c of rebounding. The had less defensive rebounds b/c they shot so poorly giving Miami a lot of DRs, but they had 7 more offensive rebounds. You mentioned turnovers too, but the heat had 15 to the Bulls 10. That's what kept it close. Lebron's looks at the end to take the game over were not easy. The Bulls took 14 more shots and 2 more FTs than the Heat, it's really just their offense that was hopeless, not defense and rebounding.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
I'll say this much. Bulls missed plenty of open 3's that they were making game 1. Both teams are playing inspiring D.

Also, whats left of Mike Miller is still contributing. Even if he can't shoot.

Anonymous Czernobog said...
I don't think it was nearly as bad as you make it sound. ?The bulls were getting good looks, they just couldn't convert layups, open shots, or even free throws. I still think the bulls will take this series.

Anonymous sixtyeight said...
Regardless of the cold/hot hands the bulls offense is still putrid. After watching a video on bballbreakdown (I think) I've started keeping an eye on the screens and man, guys have to do a better job. Too many half-assed or out-of-sync screens. Gotta be hard for Rose to initiate offense when his teammates lack intensity at the most basic things...

Blogger Lord Kerrance said...
I don't think it was nearly as bad as you make it sound. ?The bulls were getting good looks, they just couldn't convert layups, open shots, or even free throws.

The list you provided seems like a pretty complete list of fail to me. It was definitely as bad as he said it was.

Anonymous Matt said...
I was hoping someone got a shot of the close-up ofBoshtrich's...um...smile? in the fourth quarter. That made me laugh for at least five minutes.

Blogger stephanie g said...
All I know is that Reggie is physically incapable of describing someone without talking about their "frame." e.g. "With that 6'11 frame of his..."

Anonymous Czernobog said...
@Lord Kerrence: The point is that they were getting layups, open shots, and to the free throw line. As good as Miami's defence is, it is not the reason they shot less than 40% from the floor. If they keep getting those same looks throughout the series, they will win it.

Blogger Wormboy said...
Execution. Dallas executed about as well as I've ever seen for 4 straight games, and they smoked the Lakers. The Bulls executed well in game 1 (in addition to that great D and rebounding). But in game 2 there was lots of dribbling around trying to find seems (I'm looking at you, Deng. But also Rose). They need lots of ball movement, picks and cuts. And, as Bawful points out, they need to knock down those perimeter shots when they are available.

The Bulls haven't made a championship run before, and I suspect that they were thinking they were the shit after game 1. Now they know that champions don't let up, and that great players will take it personally after a bad defeat and come roaring back. The Heat did NOT play a great game, but they busted ass on D and closed the lane. Give the Heat credit: great intensity and great leadership. Haslem did not win that game, but he is a champion and he showed them how it is freakin done: leaving it all on the floor, and p[laying with smart passion. The Bulls will need to regain their intensity from game 1, and harness it to smart execution. If they cannot do that, the Heat will deserve the Eastern conference championship.

But I think this comes down to the Bulls: can they play to their potential, or are they still too young (or dumb, if we're talking Boozer)to take it to the top level? They have the skill and depth on paper. Dirk and the Mavs know what it takes. At least some of the Heat do (Haslem, Wade and LeBron). Maybe a couple of guys from the Zombies. That isn't necessarily the same thing as as skill, but you have to have both to win championships. This means Thibs, too. He may have been assistant on championship teams, but can he lead the Bulls to the right attitude?

Anonymous Karc said...
"We Believe," Mavs? Really? Do you not remember that it was the Golden State Warriors who had that same motto when they embarrassed you as an 8 seed in 2007?

Obviously the big story is Westbrook getting benched in the 4th. Because young, talented point guards have to be selfish divas who won't share the ball correctly. Thanks a lot, Allen Iverson. You've inspired an otherwise decent guard to getting a mid-series demotion, even though it was warranted.

It's a shame, really. Until their playoff success, it was Durant and Westbrook. Now the media will be pushing hard for it to be Durant vs. Westbrook. Sad.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Dallas in 6 imo, btw good site just found out about it though the Lakers hate and pro-Celtics bias brings it down a bit.

Anonymous Wouter said...
The Bulls won Game 1 with defense and rebounding.

They lost Game 2 for the same reasons.

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Yeah, it had nothing do with the Heat, just the defense and rebounding of the Bulls. I didn't know you were that much of a homer Bawful.

Anonymous K said...
crab dribble 2.0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U33HJY3Y030

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I know its late news with the C's being eliminated and all, but the pictures worth a giggle.

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2y806P/www.onionsportsnetwork.com/articles/shaq-sits-on-celtics-bench-enjoying-garbage-bag-fi%252C20169/

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