Friday, April 24, 2009

Beatdown by Beantown

Well, it was ugly last night. So ugly I turned it off in the 4th because I simply couldn't take it. It was so bad that if I paid for a ticket I would press charges against the Bulls organization for robbery. Crushing. Disheartening. Embarrassing. All these words come to mind when viewing a loss like this. To anyone who said after game 2, "I'd rather get blown out than lose like that." I can assure you that you were wrong.

Not a single player had a good game for the Bulls. Paul Pierce started the game hot and built an early lead for the Celtics, and instead of the Bulls playing within their game, they all panicked. Instead of letting the game come to them, everyone began doing too much, trying to make spectacular plays. Very little ball movement, a lot of one-on-one, and a lot of turnovers.

Give the Celtics credit. Doc Rivers showed the difference between a real coach and our coach by making the necessary defensive adjustments to slow down Rose and Gordon.

In the first half, the one good thing the Bulls aggressive(forced) offense did was put them on the foul line, and a depleted Celtics team in foul trouble. However, this didn't make much of a difference, as the Bulls inexperience showed yet again, shooting a dismal 63% from the stripe compared to the 90% the first two games of the series and mid-high 80's for most of the season.

As Blog-a-bull mentions here: "Paul Pierce put them in the early hole, but that wasn't insurmountable. What really took the game from 'uh oh', to 'oh shit' was a Celtics run to end the 2nd quarter that put them up 22 at the half. It was as if the Bulls were waiting to regroup at halftime and forgot to play the last several minutes of the half first."

All of that happened with Rondo on the bench with three fouls, and the Bulls still couldn't do anything. The game was essentially over at that point.

It was a rough game to watch and the kind where you pretty much lose all hope, but I still don't believe this series is over. Boston played lights out on both ends of the court and at the same time the Bulls couldn't have played worse at either end. Anytime you turn the ball over 22 times, it's going to be a long night.

I still believe that despite last night's schelacking the talent level of these teams are evenly matched. (Stephan Marbury, Brian Scalabrini, Mikey Moore... seriously?) I see Derrick Rose spending today and tomorrow beating himself up replaying every mistake he made that game in his head, but coming out on Sunday and having a great game, because that's Derrick. He's a winner, and he hates losing.

Bulls shake off the tough loss and win a close one on Sunday and go back to Boston 2-2.


Duckfart said...

"I'd rather get blown out than lose like that."

I said that on Monday and I still believe that. The Bulls got blown out last night, and rest assured they will come out MUCH stronger on Sunday(not like any NBA team could possibly play worse than the Bulls did). Monday's game was a heartbreaker, and you could blame it on a series of things for their mindset on Thursday, but that is all conjecture. I would rather have taken the blowout on Monday, because it seems like the only thing that gets through to this team is when they start feeling the heat from the fans and media outlets. God knows it's not coaching.

In my opinion, get the blowout out of the way, cause I felt at some point this kind of game would happen (Even without KG, they still won 7 of their last 8 games, and are still defending champs), and come out strong for your home crowd on Thursday.

Side note: I don't typically have this opinion in regards to a professional basketball team, but these Bulls are confusing like that.

Kmart said...

I see what you are saying, but I think it's a little backhanded. The reason the Bulls lost this game the way they did was pure and simple: pressure.

After the first two games being so close... the pressure mounted. You began hearing things like, "If they could play this well in Boston, imagine how they'll play at home." Even I said things along those lines.

With the expectations growing considerably from the fan base and the media, they were expected to protect their home court... and their youth and inexpirience showed in a monumental collapse.

The games in Boston the Bulls played pretty much care-free. They weren't expected to win, so what did it matter to them? Just play ball.

So I suppose in a backhanded way you could say that if the Bulls got blown out Monday there would have been less pressure to win at home and so on and so forth.

I think if they won both games or lost both games in Boston, you were still going to get the result the Bulls got last night. It was a "we'll rely on our home court advantage" trap game. Just comes with the territory of having a rookie PG, a young emotional front court, a selfish shooting guard, and a terrible coach.

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