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Bulls Thu Apr 22 2010

As The Bulls Turn: The Cavs Come to the Madhouse

The first round series between Cleveland and Chicago is now on the Bulls home court. The results, sadly --for Bulls fans; fans of good basketball shall rejoice-- will very likely be more of what we all saw in Cleveland. The Bulls gave Cleveland their best shot Monday night in game numero dos and still walked outta the Quicken Loans Arena with the loss. I'll reiterate what I said the other day, Chicago shot .441% from the field (a hair below their season average); made 16-17 free throws; outrebounded Cleveland; held everyone on the Cavs not named "LeBron" to under 15 points and still lost. The Cavs are just so, so good at winning games. This isn't really even about how inept the Bulls are --but the Bulls are very inept. O, so very, very inept. Cleveland should be able to do this against a team like Chicago. The Bulls have very little offensive resources and the ones they have (Rose, Deng, Noah? Flip Murray? NOT Pargo) are all taxed to the limit by Cleveland's defense and own ability to just score points no matter what. Meanwhile, Mike Brown is playing chess against Vinny's rousing game of tic-tac-toe.

What can change for the Bulls? Well, Kirk Hinrich needs to start doing something positive. He's been in a fairly awful slump since the middle of March (save for the HUGE game he had against Boston). Captain Kirk is shooting a downright Stygian 33% from the field in this series (small sample size, but that sucks), with two 3s and a total of nine assists. Ouch. Other than that, Noah needs to continue being the fierce, trash-talking "Tigger-tailed" force he was in game 2 and not the pussy cat he was in game 1. Derrick Rose needs to keep on trying to penetrate Cleveland's interior defense --he's a kinfe and knives cut. Luol Deng? I dunno, I think Rose is making like "The Police" and sending out an S.O.S to you, dude. Cuz, Rose, really needs your help. I know you're being swarmed by the LeBron, but try to have some dignity, Luol.

None of this is likely to make a difference, again, Cleveland is that good. But if the Bulls wanna extend their season and make the trip back to Cleveland they need some wins. Granted, the way Noah feels about Cleveland maybe they don't want to head back there.

 
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