Derrick Rose was phenomenal all game long, but he missed the shot at
the buzzer. The Bulls kept splitting FTs down the stretch to allow
the Blazers chances to stay in the game, but ultimately, the Bulls hung
on to win after Brandon Roy missed a three, and Luol Deng got a fast
break dunk to put the Bulls up four with 1.4 seconds left.
Derrick Rose just dominated this game offensively showing an incredible
array of offensive moves. He could not be stopped from getting to the
basket, and he was nailing runners, jumpers, turn arounds, step backs,
you name it. Eventually the Blazers finally just started trapping the
hell out of him every time he touched the ball. Derrick led the team
in crunch time in the 4th quarter accounting for most our points, and
the only downside to Rose's performance was a turnover in super crunch
time, and the fact that he missed a buzzer beater chance to win the
game on a ball that looked like it would fall in.
and Luol Deng both shot the ball outstandingly and were
uncharacteristically clutch in the overtime period, and both did a nice
job defensively as well.
Joakim Noah looked the best he's
looked since coming back from the plantar fasciitis (despite a horrible
turnover in OT that could have been game changing and failing to box
out Aldridge on the FT attempt at the end).
The Bulls were
bipolar at the end of this game vacillating between giving the game
away with missed free throws, failed box outs, some terrible turnovers,
but then making key stops defensively and hitting clutch shots.
in all, it was a huge win for the Bulls. A high quality win against a
high quality team, and the Bulls are going to have a lot of these tough
games coming up, so it's important to get them when we can.
P.S. Stacey King, did you get the memo? They don't call ticky tack barely touched you fouls at the end of games. Brandon Roy had as much contact [with no call] a play or two earlier.