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.
The Bulls began their series against the Miami Heat looking like the team we have seen time and time again this season, not so much after the last two games played against Miami. Derrick Rose and the Bulls are now trailing the Heat 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals after loosing Wednesday night in Chicago and again Sunday night in Miami.
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 will now head to Atlanta with a 3-2 lead coming off of the huge game five win 95-83 setling some of Chicago’s nerves. The Bulls stepped up on defense and made some adjustments leading them to their must win game setting them up only needing one more win to move on in the NBA Playoffs. “Tonight the game was close and we turned it up in the fourth quarter,” Luol Deng said. “Our defence was great.”
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.