Bulls Make It 1-1 Before Atlanta

The Bulls and MVP Derrick Rose look to be getting back on track in the second round tying the series up 1-1 with their win over the Hawks Wednesday night.

The first game of the series was pretty scary for Bulls fans, but game two showed some pretty scary Bull’s defense, holding the Hawks to 73 points and kept Atlanta’s shooting to 36.9%.  Chicago took back the lead in the first and wouldn’t look back from there, winning 86-73 and now going into Atlanta even in the series 1-1.

“Our defense is all five of us,” Joakim Noah said. “It’s rotations, it’s not one single player. All of us being on the same page, knowing the rotations and being there mentally.”

Chicago still didn’t work out all of their kinks on offense but still got some shots to drop and did a better job grabbing points from rebounds.  They won the battle under the hoop 58-39, Joakim Noah grabbed himself a double-double helping the Bulls with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Derrick Rose still struggled getting all of his shots to go, but managed to score 25 points.  Luol Deng on par with his play put in 14 and snagged 12 boards.

“Shots I normally hit, they weren’t falling tonight. But the way they are playing me, I’m going to keep shooting.”  Said MVP Rose.

Two big scorers from game one for Atlanta were kept down Wednesday, Joe Johnson who had 34 in the first match only got 16 to go through.  Jamal Crawford put a hurt on Monday with 22 and was held to 11 in the second meeting.

“We were our own worst enemy tonight. When our shots didn’t fall, we panicked.”  Atlanta coach Larry Drew said.

Chicago will play next in Atlanta Friday night at 6pm on ESPN.  Will the MVP chants continue down south?