Game 2 of the Bucks/Bulls series, predictably, featured a better defensive effort from the Bucks, the Bulls FG% to come back down to earth (and then some), and an even higher assist game for Rose. It UNPREDICTABLY featured some “playoff” type scrums between Henson and Brooks, and a more impactful one between Zaza Pachulia and Nikola Mirotic. Impactful because it left Niko with an upper left quad strain that will likely sideline him for at least game 3. Thanks Zaza, really?
FT Attempts Edge: 27-17 Bulls
Rebounding Edge: 64-48 Bulls
Defensive stats: 10 blocks, 2 steals, 7 pts off (4) Bucks turnovers, Bucks 35.6% shooting
Offensive stats: +8 on threes, +1 on made FGs, Bulls 38.3% (2pt) 36.4% shooting (3pt)
Game Synopsis: Ugly, ugly contest… I predicted that the shooting % would come back down to earth, but never did I think they’d shoot so poorly overall. Difference between this game and the regular season is that the Bulls have been putting forth a much better defensive effort. A 16-11 1Q score tells you a lot. Lid over the basket. Rose started cold, but had a better 2nd half, scoring 8 of his 15 in the 3Q. Jimmy took the game over in the 4Q, scoring in a variety of ways… Drives, dunks, threes… Amazing display from him. If he hadn’t gone an uncharacteristic 8-14 from the FT line, he would have been closer to 40. He ended up with a new career playoff high of 31 pts.
Game Changer: Jimmy. The Bulls shooting guard imposed his will at the 7:00 mark of the 4th quarter… After see sawing the lead back and forth, Jimmy capitalized on the Bulls 78-74 advantage by just YAMMING on Pachulia… This was right after a Bucks timeout. Another two three pointers, along with a long 2 by Rose, would eventually ice the game.
Peak Performer(s): J. Butler CHI (31pts 9rebs 2asts 0stls 1blk) 46min. Another ridiculous outing from Butler. Rose followed with 15 pts, 9 assists and 7 rebounds. Pau and Noah both had outrageous rebounding games… 16 and 19 respectively.
Weak Performer: Again, as a team, the Bulls need to take care of the ball. 15 turnovers, with the Bucks grabbing 15 pts off those turnovers. It must stop.
Main Hashtag: #MILvsCHI
In Game Tweets
— NBA TV (@NBATV) April 21, 2015
Butler scores 14 of his 31 points in 4th. In franchise history, the Bulls are 23-1 in series when they win the first two games.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) April 21, 2015
THIS ROSE DOESN’T HAVE THORNS; IT HAS DAGGERS
— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) April 21, 2015
— ChiTwn Bulls Blog (@ChiTwnBullsBlog) April 21, 2015
— Stefan (@SPapaG95) April 21, 2015
- This was Milwaukee’s 8th consecutive playoff loss
- Derrick rode the stationery bike in the tunnel to stay warm
- The TNT broadcast mic’d Jimmy who could be heard saying “…He can’t guard me, he’s too little” to coach Thibodeau.
Bulls travel up I-94 to the Bradley Center on Thursday. Niko will likely be unavailable as he is getting treatment for that quad strain. Its also been confirmed that he does NOT have a concussion from that Zaza elbow to the head.
I expect the Bucks to shoot better and I also am still waiting on the Bulls to FULLY take advantage of these Pau double teams. They did a much better job in game 2, as Pau was hitting shots on the move, vs. just standing in the post and backing opponents down.
7PM CST on NBA TV and CSN…
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