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Can the Bulls finally play a good game?

Posted on: April 26, 2011 12:38 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2011 12:40 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young



There's one lingering question hanging over the Bulls-Pacers series. Well, I guess it's really two but they're related. How is Derrick Rose and can the Bulls finally play a good game?

Rose is "questionable" (the quotes are there for a reason) but he'll most definitely play. The Bulls though have played pretty questionable the first four games of this series. They've allowed a lesser Indiana team to basically win 90 percent of the first four games. It's an "if" and if's are stupid, but if the Pacers had finished just one of those three games a bit better, we'd be looking at a real deal series here.

But this is an opportunity for the Bulls. They're returning home and have a chance to correct some of the issues plaguing them in the first four games. Rose needs to find a better rhythm. Chicago needs someone that can create a shot on his own. The Bulls need Carlos Boozer to wake up. Defensively, they've been their normal selves. Not that they were great on the offensive side during the season, but they've been fairly brutal so far.

It's become way to obvious that this team has to have Rose scoring 30 points in order to succeed. Where's Luol Deng? Where's Boozer? Where's Keith Bogans (just kidding). Kyle Korver is basically the only player providing some consistent scoring punch alongside Rose.

The Bulls are taking way too many jumpers and surviving because of rebounding and free throws. Those two things weren't there in Game 4 and guess what? They lost.

I wrote about it after the Game 4 loss that really, the Bulls haven't played one good game yet this postseason. Rose was pretty stellar in Game 1, good in Game 2 and then average to almost bad in 3 and 4. The Pacers are rolling out a pretty good blueprint for everyone to see. Here's how you beat Chicago everyone. Challenge Rose and force their other guys to beat you. Hang in there on the glass, keep them off the line and present yourself a chance in the last five minutes and dare them to execute.

It's worked all four games for the Pacers except they didn't hold up their end by closing in the first three. The Bulls needed a bit of a wake up call and maybe it came in Game 4. It's time for them to prove a little something and get right in Game 5.
Comments

Since: Jun 12, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Can the Bulls finally play a good game?

I really feel sorry for the Pacers. Yes they are young and inexperienced in the playoffs, but most people can only talk about how poorly the Bulls are doing in this series.  What about the Pacers?  Yes they are a bottom seed, but could they possibly be a better team than people are giving them credit for?  Just maybe, they are the reason Chicago is struggling in this series.  I would like to congratulate the Pacers for the success they have enjoyed in this series with the Bulls.  You are building a competitive team as well.  They probably need quite a bit more seasoning and experience, but this is exactly how you do that.  Chicago will likely close this series out tonight, but that was to be expected.  As most have pointed out, even with a win, Chicago should have more concerns than Indiana.  This was a huge step for the Pacers, and they have something to build on clearly.  They should be interesting to watch in the off season with what moves they try to make in terms of player acquisitions.  Good job Pacers!



Since: Jun 11, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Can the Bulls finally play a good game?

The Bulls are way overrated by an awfully lot of people.  They are a nice, emerging team going in the right direction.  But they have quite a ways to go yet.  I agree the number one seeding is most deceptive.  And I agree Derrick Rose is an emerging superstar.  But this is certainly an odd collection of players the Bulls have assembled.  They still have a ways to go if they want to be competitive in the playoffs with the Lakers, Celtics, Heat, Spurs, etc.  They are not even close to that kind of collection of players on a team.  But I have to give them credit.  They made huge strides this year, and seem to be intent on continuing this building.  Their new coach seems to be doing a marvelous job.  I'm almost certain the Bulls will win this series with the Pacers, but it sure has been ugly though.  The Pacers!!??  Shame, shame on you Bulls.  Settle down and just take care of business in this series.  Just concentrate on your game and let's see your best in closing this out.  The second round will not be so forgiving.



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 8:06 pm
 

Can the Bulls finally play a good game?

Mikeybaby....Chicago is a dump...go ahead admit it....you'll feel better being honest with yourself....GO PACERS !!  



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 7:47 pm
 

Can the Bulls finally play a good game?

The bulls wil win the series tonight that is a given but the glory days of MJ are long long gone.
I just hope they beat Boston.



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 7:45 pm
 

Can the Bulls finally play a good game?

Spoken like a true Chicago inbred.  You lost to us in the real deal Super Bowl so grow up



Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: April 26, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Can the Bulls finally play a good game?

better than the reek of cow shit in that white trash city of Indy. 



Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:52 pm
 

Can the Bulls finally play a good game?

The Bulls are a #1 seed for a reason and they will play a good game. Give the pacers some credit.



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Can the Bulls finally play a good game?

No they can't play a good game ! They reek of trash like their crime filled,run down,gangster run,full of losing teams,cesspool of a city   GO PACERS !!!!Laughing



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Can the Bulls finally play a good game?

Anyone who has watched the Heat, Celtics, and Hawks in the playoffs this season can tell that these teams have stepped their game up to a new level of play.  It seems as though the Bulls have gone down a notch.  Sure, they will win the series, but it could easily have gone 4-0 Pacers.  The #1 seed is playing more like a #7 and that won't get them very far.  Boston or Miami will more than likely beat them.  That's if they can get past the Hawks or by some chance the Magic.  Time will tell, but the Bulls are not looking very good.  



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Can the Bulls finally play a good game?

The Bulls are a very good team. They have not executed well and are still 3-1. They played the Celtics well in the playoffs before and now have extra weapons. The Bulls will not fold and if Rose is healthy this will not be their last playoff victory. The Bulls did not win all those games in the regular season because the other teams decided not to show up. It's funny how everyone thinks if you don't blowout your opponents that you are no good. A healthy Rose, strong rebounding, and superb defense is what is needed to keep on winning.


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