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Playoff Fix: Chicago needs to find itself again

Posted on: May 4, 2011 3:06 am
Edited on: May 4, 2011 3:29 am
 
Posted by Royce Young



One Big Thing: So... things didn't go exactly as planned for Chicago in Game 1. The Bulls looked average at best, relying far too heavily on Derrick Rose while just assuming their defense could contain the Hawks. Wrong on both accounts. Atlanta executed down the stretch, while Chicago didn't, and the result is a shocking 1-0 lead for the Hawks.

The question now: Is Rose healthy after re-tweaking his ankle in the final seconds of Game 1? He practiced and, reportedly, there was no swelling. He should be good. But how effective he can be in a game has yet to be seen.

The X-Factor: The Chicago bench has to show a pulse. The Hawks second unit absolutely destroyed the Bulls role players. Granted, it's not really fair when Jamal Crawford is part of the group, but even guys like Jason Collins stepped up big. Chicago got little to none of that from its backups. Someone, whether it's Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer or Taj Gibson, has to show a heartbeat.

The Adjustment: If we're all being honest with ourselves, we saw a Hawks team that knocked down a bunch of outside jumpers. Can they do it again? The Magic asked the same question, and Atlanta answered in buckets. Of course, the Bulls are a better defensive team, so locking down and sealing off the perimeter is probably the focus. Allowing good shooters to get open looks all over the floor is a recipe for failure, and the Hawks made the Bulls pay.

The Sticking Point: The Bulls absolutely can't afford to drop this second game. The Hawks are already guaranteed a split, which is what they went to Chicago hoping for. But, if Atlanta wins Game 2, they've got a firm stranglehold on the series. It will take another steady performance from Jeff Teague and more great shot-making from Jamal Crawford and Joe Johnson. Not that the Hawks aren't capable of it, but you can safely assume the Bulls will ratchet things up a bit.

And they better. The Bulls weren't any better than in their series against Indiana, and facing a team like the Hawks, Chicago wasn't ready. Something tells me the Bulls will be prepard tonight, though, and get back in the series.
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Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Playoff Fix: Chicago needs to find itself again

Hey, statforthat.  You need to change your title to:  I-just-fabricated-a-statforthat.&nb
sp; Bulls did NOT lose Game 1 to the Pacers.  Sorry about that.   And they proved last night what it takes to beat the Hawks, even when they shot only 39%.  It's funny how you heard so much carping from Heat fans in the preseason, and every time they won 7 or 8 in a row against teams with a losing record, then you didn't hear from them for awhile.  Now they are carping again.   Here's a prediction.  The Heat-Celtics series will go 7 games and the Bulls-Hawks series will not.  If the Heat survives Rd. 2, we will get another opportunity to see if they can beat the Bulls.  Have not done it yet this season.

You better hope LeChoke doesn't take the last shot in Game 7.



Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: May 5, 2011 12:37 am
 

Playoff Fix: Chicago needs to find itself again

Just like they haven't had an answer for Boston all season?  Last time I checked 1-3 in the regular season meant absolutely NOTHING against Boston in the playoffs, just as 0-3 against the Bulls will mean nothing for the Heat.  The Bulls are a one man overrated show and they'll be lucky to get out of the second round.


 Try to pay attention. The HEAT have not had an answer for the BULLS all season!! If you think 0-3 against the Bulls in the regular season meant nothing, stick around, you're about to get schooled!!!



Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 11:10 pm
 

Playoff Fix: Chicago needs to find itself again

Correct me if I'm wrong, but they didn't drop game one to the pacers, they dropped game 4, which was a must win for the pacers. Check you facts before you post



Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 11:08 pm
 

Playoff Fix: Chicago needs to find itself again

And how do you figure they will be lucky to get out of this round? Last time I checked, they were the best team going into the playoffs, anything said to the contrary is just you being stupid and overlooking the facts, and instead relying only on your opinion... They took the first series in 5 games, and came out flat for game one against an underpowered team that relies solely on the jump shot. They came back and handled that same team no problem 2 days later... You sir, have no idea what you are talking about




Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:47 pm
 

Playoff Fix: Chicago needs to find itself again

typical amateur comment from tgu68...


statforthat
Since: Apr 8, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 7:52 pm
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Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 7:41 pm
 

Playoff Fix: Chicago needs to find itself again

Yeah... It won't happen cause you're not getting out of the second round.  On a serious note though, it hurts when you hear the truth don't it?  The regular season was like an 82 game pre-season.  Now we're seeing who the real contenders and pretenders are.  Between your Bulls and the Spurs, this year we've seen the most pathetic overhyped #1 seeds in a long time.



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 7:37 pm
 

Playoff Fix: Chicago needs to find itself again

There are no serious analysts when it comes to the Heat  Every single one of them would love nothing more then to see them go down in flames, so when ever i hear the so called experts talk about the Heat, i pay very little attention to it.  Besides, their bias towards Chicago is simply ridiculous.



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 7:35 pm
 

Playoff Fix: Chicago needs to find itself again

tell me who u r: r u a nike apologist? or r u just envious da bulls swept ur overrated heat in the regular season and are dying to exact a revenge that won't even happen?



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 7:32 pm
 

Playoff Fix: Chicago needs to find itself again

Just like they haven't had an answer for Boston all season?  Last time I checked 1-3 in the regular season meant absolutely NOTHING against Boston in the playoffs, just as 0-3 against the Bulls will mean nothing for the Heat.  The Bulls are a one man overrated show and they'll be lucky to get out of the second round.  


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