Sam Smith: Bulls ‘Had Their Shot’ In Game 4

CHICAGO (WSCR) Without facing elimination, Game 4 was about as close to a must-win game for the Chicago Bulls as you can get. Trailing 2-1 in the series, the Bulls could either come home tied or facing elimination.

And at the end of a hard fought game that went into overtime, the Bulls just didn’t have enough left to overcome LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

“They had their shot,” Sam Smith, of, said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “And they hung in there, they took, that boxing analogy, every punch, and they really played a good game for the most part. They did what they do, you know, they don’t have the offense of [Miami], and you know, I guess they didn’t make enough difference in rebounding.”

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But with the game tied, and the seconds ticking away in regulation, league MVP Derrick Rose held the ball in his hand, going one-on-one against last year’s league MVP.

“You have a chance to win,” Smith said. “With your best player sitting with the ball with eight seconds to go, you know, you take that, especially on the road in a game like that.”

“It was a really great game and somebody had to lose it.”

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  • William B

    Great game? No way.Great effort, yes, but oh so painful to watch Can somebody step up and make a friggin shot?

    • the hole in Adolfo Soriano's gold glove

      Better yet, can somebody make a friggin’ pass when he’s covered by a taller, equally athletic and very talented defender?
      Deng and Korver were wide open on the right side with Booz and Joakim laying in the low post to fight for the rebound if Korver (or Deng) clanked another shot. And Rose could have gotten in position to challenge for the rebound too, after making the intelligent pass. What a frustrating loss.
      Hopefully Rose will learn to trust his teammates and not put it all on his own shoulders when he’s covered and perhaps Thibodeau can find someone to design a better half-court offensive approach. When we don’t move the ball around, scoring is really difficult for this group.

  • Mihai Lipan

    Somebody has to tell to coach of the year (Mr. Thibodeau) to use Gibson to make pressing on LeBron James on the half of the field (all game) , and use Loul Deng less is possible. Otherwise he is going to blame the wheater for loosing.

    I don’t understand why the players give interwies to media – they didn’t achieve anything.

  • Jake from da burbs

    Offensively, the Bulls win when they overwhelmingly win the rebounding margin, especially offensive rebounds. That has been marginalized since Game 1.

    The Bulls also win when they take a lot of 3’s and make them. Game’s 2 and 4, they shot 23 and 25% from 3pt line respectively. Game 1, they took 21 3’s and hit 47%. While they hit a decent percentage (41%) in Game 3, they took only 13 3’s.

    Because of the lack of playmakers and shot creators, the Bulls live and die on rebounding, and 3pt shot taking and making.

    Their free throw percentages have been unacceptable too. Game 1 was at 85% and that is the level it has to be if not greater in the playoffs. Games 2-4, they shot 61.5%, 76.5, 77.2%. Miami on the other hand has owned the Free Throws attempted but also owned the Free throw %. Its the free points like free throws that make a big difference. Need to hit your free throws especially when you dont have a big lumberer of a FT shooter like Shaq or something.

  • Heat 5 Wins Away From NBA Title « CBS Miami

    […] had their shot,” Sam Smith, of, said on the Mully and Hanley Show in Chicago. “And they hung in there, they took, that boxing analogy, every punch, and they really played a […]


    That sounds about right, Jake.
    I am, in no way, a real basketball fan. I was a Jordan fan.

    Miami might have one more clunker. The Bulls could’ve won last night.
    How about Bosch’s four-point flagrant? He was as hot as the Bulls were cold.
    I don’t think the Bulls want to try to get into a shooting match when Miami can throw a fresh-legged Wade out there.
    As long as everyone his healthy, they can force a game 6.

  • Val

    William B. is right on….gutsy performance as always by the Bulls on the defensive end…….BUT….just cant hit from the outside when we need to…..If we could just draw the Heat away from the basket, it would be an entirely different series…Easier said than done

  • Will Thrill

    Call me crazy, out my mind, or stupid, but Im a Die hard Bulls fan.. So what Im about to say will happen and I hope the rest of Chicago puts this positive energy out with me.. There are only two teams throughout this whole playoffs I believed that could come back from a 3-1 defecit. One Miami and Two the Bulls. The Heat are done! They already getting ready for the finals.. The Bulls will win Three in a row Mark my word ladies and gentlemen!! The Bulls are going to the finals Trust me Miami will not be in the NBA finals!!!

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