What Wins Out In Game 5, Experience Or League MVP?

CHICAGO (WSCR) The Chicago Bulls will bring a lot to Tuesday night’s game agaisnt the Atlanta Hawks: the NBA’s Most Valuable Player and Coach of the Year, as well as a Second Team All-Defensive player.

But Atlanta will have something that the Bulls don’t, or at least something the Bulls don’t have as much of: playoff experience.

“There’s no replacing that, I think experience is important,” Steve Holman, voice of the Hawks radio broadcasts, said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “And over the last four years…I think this is the Hawks’ 40th playoff game coming up [Tuesday] night, that they’ve had in the last four years, and many of these guys have been together for that whole time. I think there is something to it.

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“But you do have the best player on the floor, in Derrick Rose. I think the Hawks are thinking that maybe they have the next two or three best after that.”

The Bulls and Hawks will square off in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup on Tuesday night. The winner will put the other team on the ropes, just one game away from elimination.

“I think at this point, like I say, it’s 2-2. It’s who goes out and does it,” Holman said. “It’s a two-out-of-three series and it’s going to be interesting. I do think our guys, I will say this, can play looser that the Bulls will [Tuesday] night, because, frankly, nobody expected our guys to be here right now, in this position.”

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  • Will

    Well first off let me start off by saying, these playoffs have been called by the refs horribly!! I hate it when the refs can dictate the outcome of a game or should I say the Momentum shift! Secondly, we must realize the Bulls are who they are. What I want everybody else on this team to do is learn their rolls and go balls out!! D Rose is your supastar everything else is a team effort. When the Bulls Roll players dont play their roll we lose like on sunday. To win a Championship with this team we have to play team offense and team defense. Stop standing around watching Derrick on offense and stop standing around watching Boozer mess up defensively!!….Atlanta is soft and they don’t want to play a physical game because they can’t. Its time to put the women and kids to bed and go looking for dinner!! Bulls now is the time to start playing team ball!! Right now.. Look at the Heat. They are starting to play team ball. Their roll players are learning their rolls and sticking to them. Its not hard and we have the most potential in the league to do so. Lets Go Bulls, clamp down and lets stop playing with these teams that have no business on the same floor with us!!

  • Jake from da Burbs

    The only experience either of these teams have is getting bounced in the playoffs in the first round. And considering you have two rookie head coaches with similar limited head coaching experience in the playoffs… this argument really doesn’t make sense.

    Bottom line, the team that has worked hard from the start and taken the 1st quarter has won the game. I would think that trend contines.

    The question for Game 5 is will the Bulls out-effort and out-hustle the Hawks. If they are able to control the Hawks early, the Hawks will submit and the Bulls should win comfortably. If however, the Bulls play tight or can’t play to the pressure of a Game 5 at home, then the Hawks will stick around. Hawks have shown that if they gain confidence as the game goes on, they are a tough team to beat.

    Keys to the game for the Bulls will be:
    1. D.Rose – Low turnovers and defensively against Teague.
    2. Offensive contributions from 2 of 3: Deng, Korver, Boozer
    3. Inside-out Defense and better rotations
    4. Energy from Noah, Gibson, Watson

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