Carlos Boozer had his biggest game of the postseason and the Chicago Bulls blew past the Atlanta Hawks to advance to the Eastern Conference finals where they’ll take on the Miami Heat.
I walked into the Atlanta Hawks locker room Thursday morning half expecting to see the team’s shrink trying to calm down their players. But that certainly wasn’t the case, as it was just the opposite of tense.
A win on Thursday night and the Chicago Bulls would eliminate the Atlanta Hawks and advance toe the Eastern Conference finals to take on Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
For a team facing the league’s MVP, the team with the best record in the NBA and elimination from the playoffs, the Atlanta Hawks seem pretty confident that they can beat the Chicago Bulls in Game6 of this series.
The Chicago Bulls needed a fourth quarter run to pull away from the Atlanta Hawks and take a lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup.
Tom Thibodeau gave his troops the day off Wednesday. He’s a smart coach, since he knows they are tired and also knows they are in for a battle come Thursday night.
Taj Gibson is in his second season in the NBA, he was the Chicago Bulls’ second, first round draft pick in 2009. Over his career he’s chipped in with big performances off of the bench, but none bigger than Tuesday night.
In a pivotal game in this Eastern Conference semifinal series, the Chicago Bulls outscored the Atlanta Hawks by 11 points in the fourth quarter and took a 3-2 lead in the series.
Derrick Rose scored 33 points to lead the Chicago Bulls past the Atlanta Hawks in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Tuesday night’s Game 5 could have been the clinching game for the Chicago Bulls, but instead it’s turned into a relative must-win game.
During Game 4 of the Chicago Bulls’ matchup with the Atlanta Hawks, Derrick Rose saw one team playing harder, chasing down loose balls and scoring easy baskets. But there was one small problem.
Keith Bogans didn’t practice Tuesday morning but will play and start in Game 5 against the Atlanta Hawks. Bogans got some precautionary extra rest from Tom Thibodeau for his sore right ankle.
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.
The Chicago Bulls had the opportunity to take control of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with Atlanta Hawks in Game 4, but a late Hawks run tied the series at two games apiece.
If we were really paying attention, we would have seen this coming.
Derrick Rose played 44 minutes in the Chicago Bulls’ 100-88 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night. He led all scorers with 34 points, added 10 assists and was 9-for-11 from the free throw line.
The Chicago Bulls’ 100-88 loss to the Atlanta Hawks raised some questions and concerns as the series now shifts back to Chicago, all knotted up at two games apiece.
During the regular season, many people in the city of Chicago, and plenty more people around the country, were quick to say that they didn’t think the Bulls had what it takes to win the NBA championship this season.
NBA playoffs are like chess games. First, one team makes a move and then the other counters. Well Tom Thibodeau…it’s your move.
Derrick Rose can’t do it all on his own (even though it sometimes seems he can). Other Bulls have to score. I’m looking at you Kyle Korver.