Chicago will have some time now to look at the last four minutes of Thursday nights game and figure out what went wrong for them as they are eliminated from the NBA playoffs loosing to the Miami Heat 83-80. Miami’s big three took over the fourth, coming back from a twelve point deficit to go on to win and now on to the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.
Great game to be either a Chicago fan or a Miami hater as the Bulls go onto dominate the second half and control game one through tough defense and strong rebounding. Chicago’s great game play and support from the “Bench Mob” helped set the Bulls up, to beat up the Miami Heat 103-82. “I thought CJ came in, Ronnie came in and their ball-pressure, their energy and of course with Taj and Omer – that group got us going and the second half, everybody’s defense was a lot better.” Said Carlos Boozer.
The Bulls are heading back to Chicago in anticipation to play the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals after closing out their round two series with the Atlanta Hawks Thursday night 93-73. The Heat and Bulls will play game 1 Sunday night at the United Center on TNT at 7pm. “They’ve got two great players in D-Wade and LeBron,” Bulls forward Carlos Boozer said. “It should be a great series. We look forward to it. And it is going to be a tough series. We look forward to the challenge.”
Chicago couldn’t seal the deal Sunday night, with the game all tied up with six minutes to play Atlanta went on a 16-4 run to get the series back to even before heading to Chicago. Derrick Rose struggled to get all of his shot to fall but still put up 34 points for Chicago. The Bulls were the victims of a couple bad calls and some unlucky bounces leading to a Hawk victory in Atlanta 10-88. “Obviously we wanted to come in and win, but now it’s tied at 2-2, makes it a best of three,” said Bull Carlos Boozer. “We go back home, make the corrections that we’ve got to make and we win Game 5, and move on. “I think it’ll be a game of will. The team that has the most will, wants it the most, usually wins Game 5 when it’s tied up at two.”
Chicago looked a lot better than they did Monday night getting the series back to even 1-1 with the Bulls win 86-73 Wednesday night. Chicago took care of defending and coming away with rebounds holding Atlanta down sending the series to Atlanta tied up. Derrick Rose was also honored for his latest MVP accomplishment, being presented with the Maurice Podoloff trophy by NBA commish David Stern before the game. “Seeing Derrick get the award in front of the fans, we had to make sure we stayed focused,” Luol Deng said. “For him to be on it, and give us that big effort, says a lot about him at such a young age.
Chicago wasn’t ready for the loss they were given Monday night 103-95. Derrick Rose did not score a point in the first quarter setting the Hawks up with a long lived lead. The Bulls would come back but Atlanta made all the shots they needed to winning the first game of the second round against Chicago. “We weren’t ready . . . and they were,” Bulls forward Luol Deng said.