Well, so much for taking care of Milwaukee and resting up for what was likely going to be a weekend showdown with Cleveland to begin the NBA Playoff Semifinals. Nope, the Bulls have managed to drop two games since going up 3-0 in the series. So sorry I haven’t been around. It was NOT because these were losses. I have been working very dilligently this week getting projects done and shipped because my birthday is 5/3 and I’d like to ENJOY it for once. The Mayweather fight is this Saturday, more NBA Playoff games, yeah, I don’t want to have to write on envelopes this weekend.
What you need to know about game 4:
• 28 turnovers. Yes, 28 turnovers. The team as a whole is just playing real loose with the basketball. Some of it is Milwaukee. To their credit. They are long, they have long arms and they cause a lot of deflections. But come on now, 28? Some of these are just careless passes and charges. The Bucks got a staggering 39 points off of these turnovers. That’s the story of the game.
• Jimmy was an absolute stud in what SHOULD have been a closeout game on the road.
• Rose got beat at the buzzer by Bayless… In the oft rewound play, Rose loses sight of Jerryd Bayless and he makes a shot at the buzzer as the game was tied 90-90. Rose got a lot of grief for this play and I hate that this was such public failure for him. He’s not terrible on defense though, which is now what casual fans are trying to say. Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie blog even said that Rose’s off the ball defense has been a source of consternation for several years now. Huh? That was news to me.
What you need to know about game 5:
• Rose pretty much outplayed by MCW and Thibs outmaneuvered by Kidd. The Bulls would later echo the sentiment that Milwaukee played “harder” than they did, on both sides of the ball. Rose also only managed 2 assists in 42 minutes of action. He’s got to focus on playmaking when his shot is not falling. Noah and Butler both had 6. Pau even had 4.
• Backcourt finally went cold. Rose and Butler combined for 10-41 while Middleton and MCW went for 19-31. Yeah, it was ugly.
• Pau and Noah combined for 35 pts. Finally, they seemed to get on track with better looks at the basket and better finishes. They will need to do that again in game 6.
Game 6 of course. in Milwaukee. Will the Bulls finally close this team out? They certainly have the motivation. No team has ever come back from an 0-3 hole in the NBA and CLEARLY, the Bulls do not want to be the first. Unfortunate that it has come down to this. I’ll be working, but will be following along on my app. Hoping for a miracle! #SeeRed