The Bulls came out blazing hot in game 3, and escaped with a two-point victory. Cleveland's Anthony Parker missed a half-court shot at the buzzer, and the series now stand at 2-1 in favour of the Cavaliers.
All-Star Derrick Rose scored 31 points on 13-of-26 from the field. Center Joakim Noah added 15 rebounds, 10 points and five assists. Veteran guard Kirk Hinrich came to life and scored 27 points on just 12 shot attempts. A trend that needs to continue if the Bulls want to steal game 4.
Superstar LeBron James has scored 79 total points over the last two games, mostly through a wide variety of dribble-drives and long threes. James had 39 in Chicago on Thursday, but missed six free throws. He'll be ready tonight however, and the Bulls would be wise to get ready to attack him offensively so they use up as much of his energy.
Sixth-year forward Luol Deng scored 20 points on 16 shots and forced James to establish himself defensively. On the other end, Deng tried his best to stay between James and the basket, but had trouble stopping the 270-pound James from entering the lane.
The Bulls' bench scored just 12 points in Game 3, which will have to be increased tonight. Center Brad Miller had 10 of those, including five rebounds and his presence on the floor created a lot of good looks for both Rose and Hinrich.
Rookie forward Taj Gibson has struggled this series, averaging 9 points, 5.7 rebounds and shooting just 44.8% from the field. Gibson has had success in boxing out and doing the dirty work, but needs to pick up his offense and assertiveness.