The Bulls lost to the Cavs again, a result which isn't likely to surprise many. The series wasn't one the Bulls realistically ever had a chance to win, and down two games to none, they'd need to beat the Cavs in four of the next five games to advance. If LeBron James tore his ACL on the way to the United Center, the Bulls still probably couldn't accomplish that task, so for all intents and purposes, this series is over.
Can the Bulls even get a game or is it destined to be a sweep? Let's look back at this game.
The Bulls only had four turnovers on the night. They limited Cleveland to five offensive rebounds. Joakim Noah gave them 25 points. Luol Deng had a better night than he's likely to have in the rest of this series scoring 20 on only 15 shots.
Yes, Derrick Rose needed 24 shots to get his 23 points, and Kirk Hinrich was the incredible disappearing man, but Derrick needing a ton of volume to get his points and Kirk disappearing are nothing new.
In order for the Bulls to win, they need everyone to hit on all cylinders. They need everyone to play well at one time. Guys who typically only play well every other game or every third game need to all step up at once. It's just incredibly unlikely.
Sure, Kirk and Rose can play a bit better, maybe Flip Murray won't go completely cold in the second half, but will the Bulls get another four TO performance? Will they hold the Cavs off the glass so well again? Will Noah give you 25 points again? Can Deng give you another good game? The odds of improving in more areas while maintaining above typical performance is appealing but unrealistic.
On top of that, the Cavs, again, didn't play that great of a game. They're not anywhere near their peak yet, and we still might see that in the next couple games.
Much like I, and the rest of the world, predicted, if the Bulls played better then LeBron would step up and make sure the Cavs won. When it came down to the end of the game, it was all LeBron, and the Bulls couldn't stop him or keep up with him.
Home court advantage isn't likely to change that.