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Bulls still lead 3-1, but it doesn't feel like it

Posted on: April 23, 2011 6:18 pm
Edited on: April 23, 2011 6:40 pm
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Posted by Royce Young



Despite the loss on Saturday, the Bulls still lead their opening round series over Indiana 3-1, and will most likely close things out Tuesday in Chicago. Losing is never fun, but the Pacers stealing a game at home isn't really anything to panic over.

But here's a little something to at least re-adjust your collar over: The Bulls haven't played one good game yet in the playoffs. Again, they're 3-1. That's good. They're going to advance. That's good. But if you made both teams go shirts and skins and you didn't know Derrick Rose from Derrick Coleman, I'm not sure you would be able to pick out who the 37-win team is and who the 62-win one is.

The Bulls have shot under 40 percent in three of the four games. In the last two, Rose is just 10-40 (25 percent). Carlos Boozer has yet to really have one good, complete game. Luol Deng is the same. Same for Kyle Korver off the bench. Honestly, I can't tell you one player that has definitely played well all four games.

Again, no reason to completely panic. The playoffs are tough. Teams don't want to lose. The Bulls are adjusting to that and they've taken care of the most important part -- they've won. Still, the idea is that you're playing your very best basketball during the postseason. Chicago's defense hasn't really missed a beat, but if they play this way again Boston, or Miami, they're not moving on.

Either someone else has to step up with a couple key buckets -- i.e. Korver -- or Rose has to play wonderfully -- i.e. Games 1 and 2. That's the position the Bulls have put themselves in so far in this series versus the Pacers. Maybe it's actually a good thing they get another shot to work some of this stuff out before it gets serious against either Atlanta or Orlando.

Because if you take even the best of these four games and translate it into a series against the Magic, Hawks, Celtics or Heat and I don't think Chicago is winning. I'd say their best performance was probably Game 2, and even then they shot under 40 percent and won because of the free throw line and offensive rebounding.

The Bulls have never claimed to win pretty. They've never really done a lot more than just play excellent defense. Again, though, to put yourself in the position to expect a perfect game from Rose isn't a model for success in the playoffs. It's not just about someone else stepping up. It's about playing better, period.

This Chicago team came in with the best regular season record in basketball and aspirations to maybe even win an NBA title. The Chicago team that has played four games against the Pacers isn't doing that, and probably wouldn't see the Eastern Finals.

It's way, way too early to come to any conclusions based on this series with the Pacers, because the Bulls will likely take care of things in five. And, it's better to get the bad play out against a lesser opponent. But, I promise you, Tom Thibodeau is a bit anxious. You can just keep saying they'll snap out of it, but the road to glory isn't easy and it gets far tougher the more difficult you make it on yourself.
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Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Bulls still lead 3-1, but it doesn't feel like it

I don't know, the Pacers played the Bulls tough all series. It's good to see them win one for their great fans at Indiana. They outplayed the Bulls for much of Games 1 and 2 and probably should have won (I don't think Chicago should feel too comfortable). The experience and the best player in the game though are the difference makers in winning tough playoff contests. 
I think the Pacers have too much grit not to play tough but on the road against D. Rose, so I wouldn't feel too comfy if I'm but Bulls but I do expect them to pull it out in Game 5 and move on to the next round, they're too smart to be ill prepared.

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Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 12:21 am
 

Bulls still lead 3-1, but it doesn't feel like it

I was more so referring to this series rather than full seasons. More of a compliment to Rose than a bash on the bulls.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2011 11:03 pm
 

Bulls still lead 3-1, but it doesn't feel like it

Even though I think Vogel has done a fantastic job game planning against the Derick Rose's, I agree with this post... The Pacers haven't closed games all season. The win Saturday was a huge cornerstone for this team. I look for this young athletic team to only get better. 
Rose is a bigger reason the bulls won the first three...



Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: April 24, 2011 11:53 am
 

Bulls still lead 3-1, but it doesn't feel like it

I think the word overrated is not the appropriate term...overachievers maybe. Before the regular season started all we were hearing was about the Heat and the Celtics figuring in the eastern conference championship... the Bulls was never in the conversation. I was likewise surprised that the Bulls got the best record in the NBA during the regular season. However the playoffs are different story. There is no guarantee that because they are the #1 seed they can easily dispose the #8 seed easily. The Pacers are a very talented team their regular season record doesn't reflect the capability of that team. On the other hand the Bulls hasn"t have a breakout game yet in the series but they are winning and that's the scary part...maybe I'll be looking forward to that when they advance to the next round/s.



Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2011 9:54 am
 

Bulls still lead 3-1, but it doesn't feel like it

"good thing they have Derrick Rose... otherwise Chicago would not be in the playoffs"

Good thing the Lakers have Kobe Bryant, or the Magic have Dwight Howard, or theThunder have Kevin Durant... otherwise they all wouldn't make the playoffs. What a dumb statement.




Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: April 24, 2011 2:29 am
 

Bulls still lead 3-1, but it doesn't feel like it

will have an easier time against an inconsisten Hawks team or one man show Mahic team.



one man show magic..lol isn't the bulls a one man show rose?????



Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2011 1:04 am
 

Bulls still lead 3-1, but it doesn't feel like it

good thing they have Derrick Rose... otherwise Chicago would not be in the playoffs



Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: April 24, 2011 12:34 am
 

Bulls still lead 3-1, but it doesn't feel like it

What was everyone saying when in 2009 the 41-41 Bulls who snuck into the playoffs pushed the #2 seed Celtics (also 62-20) to 7 games with 7 overtime periods?  I'm not worried about the Bulls.  Some teams play well or match up better at different times of the season.  One playoff series has little to nothing to do with the next one.  
Or in 2008 when the 66-16 Celtics went to 7 games with the #8 seed Atlanta Hawks?  
Relax - enjoy the Bulls successes, growth and be excited that no matter how they finish this year, they're young and will continue to get better.  They've overachieved this entire year, so whatever they do from here on out is just a bonus for me.




Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2011 10:45 pm
 

Bulls still lead 3-1, but it doesn't feel like it

good thing they have Derrick Rose... otherwise Indiana would be in the second round.



Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2011 8:13 pm
 

Bulls still lead 3-1, but it doesn't feel like it

The first two posts are BS, Celtics licking their chops? they are fortunate to be playing a shaky and oft injured NY team...trust me these Bulls are learning and growing and will have an easier time against an inconsisten Hawks team or one man show Mahic team.


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