As the Chicago Bulls board the plane back to Chicago for Game 5, the sense of frustration among the members of the #1 seeded 12 men from the Windy City continues to grow at a pace unlike no other. After going 3-0 versus the Miami Heat during the course of the regular season, the Bulls have dropped 3, including a rare loss at home, to trail 3-1. With questionable calls from the officials, and poor mental mistakes, such as Luol Deng and Joakim Noah's miscommunication on a crucial fourth quarter inbound, not helping the cause. That being said, the Bulls had opportunities to win this game, even with the errors and troubles on the court. Derrick Rose had two opportunities to shut the door, including the last shot in regulation. The shot by Rose was potentially the worst look on a two point shot I have ever seen, and the question has come about of "Why not dish it out, and having someone else shoot?" If I'm Tom Thibodeau I want the MVP on my team taking that shot, the leader of our basketball team. He did it, and I'm not going to argue with him for that. The execution was poor, so I guess the only one to blame is Rose for the look he decided to shoot from.
Chants of "Choke" have risen from the hometown crowd of the MVP, as disappointment and panic has grown in a city that has embraced Rose and the Chicago Bulls these past few months. I don't appreciate that, considering Rose has been the one carrying this team primarily, and the ones saying it have jumped on the bandwagon during the playoffs. The series isn't over yet, but the ones who've jumped on the bandwagon are the first ones to quit, and it's obvious to spot them.
You have to tip your cap to the Miami Heat, they played a great game on both sides of the floor. LeBron, Bosh, and an awesome performance off the bench from Mike Miller led them to victory. That being said, I don't approve of Lebron and Bosh's constant complaints to the officials of foul calls, and potential foul calls. Let the ref's do their jobs, their being paid to call a game, not to listen to you cry. Dwyane Wade had an off night, clearly shown by his 17 point performance.
Rose led with 23 points, Boozer and Deng followed with 26 and 14 and also combined for 25 of the Bulls 41 rebounds. Chris Bosh had a monster performance with 34 points, as he continues to heat up during playoff action. 32 Total Rebounds for Miami, as they continue to trail Chicago on the rebound game, which is one of the reasons I still have hope for the Bulls in this series.
While the odds are against the Bulls, I still believe that can make a comeback. They are going to back to Chicago ,where they were absolutely unstoppable this season. While today was bad game, there are some bright spots. The rebound game continues to be consistent, and ball movement continues to be a key to success in this series, which the Bulls are doing magnificently. 85 points is not going to get it done, hopefully after a day off, and a good practice session, the Bulls will find their stride and send this back to Miami. The 1981 Celtics did it, why not us?