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Series in Review: Bulls-Pacers

Posted on: April 26, 2011 11:08 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 12:09 am
 
Posted by Royce Young

The Bulls finally put away the pesky Indiana Pacers, 116-89, taking the series in five games. For once the Bulls looked like the dominant team they are, and handled the Pacers in virtually every way. Let's review:

Series MVP: Derrick Rose


No doubt about it. With his team needing him, he stepped up in a big way, on a sprained ankle, in Game 5 to drop 25 points in 30 minutes. That total included a barrage of 3s in the third to essentially sink the Pacers. He wasn't his usual, terrific self, shooting just 35 percent from the floor. And he took too many 3s (over seven a game). But Rose was deffinitely the difference in this series. The fact the Bulls got out in five despite poor contributions from the supporting cast is pretty impressive.

Best Play: Rose's block and layup

What an incredible flurry from Rose in Game 1. He had ESPN color man Jon Barry giggling manically throughout, and with good reason.



Best Moment: Korver's Game 1 3-point to seal it

Korver hit a number of big shots in this series, but his 3 in the final minute of Game 1 to give the Bulls the lead was just special. It was one of those playoff moments that Bulls' fans will remember for a long while. Rose had taken over, but in that big spot he made the right play and found his shooter open for 3. And Korver did his job.

Worst Moment: Josh McRoberts


McRoberts got away with an unprovoked elbow at Derrick Rose's head in Game 4, but the way he went after Joakim Noah in Game 5 was just ridiculous. It's one thing to take a shot at a guy, but to go for it a second time when he's backing away is pretty stupid. His last moment from the 2010-11 season wasn't a good one.



Worst Moment Runner-up: The attack of hippie camera dude

It has to be mentioned that Darren Collison was forced to miss the entire second half of Game 2 because he stepped on the foot of a cameraman on the baseline. What a shame that happened and potentially altered the outcome of that game.

Most Disappointing Player: Carlos Boozer


It's pretty bad when you could say the Bulls would've won this series with or without Boozer. He was that much of a non-factor. He had 17 points and 16 rebounds in Game 2, but even that was a bit of an aberration (he had 13 in the first half). Averaging just 12.0 points per game on 37 percent shooting isn't good enough for Boozer, especially if the Bulls want to challenge for a championship.

Most Surprising Moment: Kyle Korver made a layup

In Game 5. I swear, I saw it.

Making a Name: Paul George


The Pacer rookie got the assignment of guarding Rose down the stretch in each game, and he did pretty well. George has a little way to go offensively, but in terms of being an elite wing defender, he has potential. Frank Vogel spoke of George having some 17 deflections in Game 1, which is pretty impressive. A good wing defender is almost as valuable as a good wing scorer, and George may be that guy in the future for Indiana.

Theme of the Series: Missed opportunities

The Pacers had the chance to be up 1-0. Then they had a chance to even it at 1-1. Then they had a chance to cut it to 2-1. Of course, in the crunch, Indiana just couldn't execute. The Bulls were the better team easily, but the Pacers can certainly look back and think a bit on the "What if's" from this series.
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Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 5:22 pm
 

Series in Review: Bulls-Pacers

Hey losers... I am participating under a different name... I'll bet you dumb sob's ca't figure it out. Eat me.


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Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 7:57 am
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Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Series in Review: Bulls-Pacers




Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Series in Review: Bulls-Pacers




Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Series in Review: Bulls-Pacers

McRoberts is the dirty player.  Search McRoberts and John Wall, you'll see video footage of cheap shots by McRoberts.  And no one has made any deal of it, but after Rose had that big two handed dunk in game 4 of this series (even though the bulls lost), McRoberts went to collect the ball but threw an elbow/forearm at Rose after the dunk.  He didn't connect, and I don't think Rose saw it, but we all saw it at home.  What a dirty player.  I know dirty players when I see them and Noah isn't one of them.  If anyone, Boozer is actually a dirty player.


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