CHICAGO (WSCR) The Chicago Bulls lost Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals by 10 points. But considering that the Bulls shot 34.1 percent from the floor, 15 percent from the three-point line and 61.5 percent from the free throw line, there’s two ways to credit the outcome of the game:
Either the Miami Heat get credit for playing great defense, or you chalk the game up to a really bad night for the Bulls.
“I’m not giving any credit to Miami, the Bulls stunk [Wednesday] night,” Mark Schanowski, of Comcast SportsNet, said on the Danny Mac Show. “I mean they gave that game away. It was right there for the taking, tied 73-73 with 7:00 to go. They had about four or five empty possessions when they could have taken the lead, I maintain that if they take the lead, they win the game. They just could not make a shot. Bad execution on offense, you know, you had Derrick Rose dribbling into double teams, you had Luol Deng going into the middle of the lane into double teams and losing the ball, just bad decisions on offense.
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“They kind of lost their composure at the most critical time of the game, and that’s really unlike a Tom Thibodeau team. You know, seeing ‘Thibs’ in the postgame press conference, he was despondent. Because this the game the Bulls are meant to win: a low-scoring defensive struggle. All they needed was one solid possession in that stretch when the game was tied and neither team could score, and I think they would have taken control of the game, and they just couldn’t get the bucket.”