I found this article from the Cleveland Plains Dealer while reading Mike McGraw this morning (congrats to Taj Gibson for beating Noah in the elbow shooting contest, my money would have been on Noah who typically does very well in these types of contests, he's won several FT contests this year even when the guards are involved).
The Cavaliers are losing sleep over Derrick Rose, game planning for him, going through their scouting reports and trying to figure out how to stop him. When the best team in the league is trying to figure out how to slow you down in the playoffs, you've arrived.
The entire article at the Plains dealer is a great read, so check it out, but I found this to be the most interesting portion of it:
In the NBA, "going to church" is a defense against great drivers
and is often used against James. It is also called playing "elbows and
boxes." This is an extreme paint defense strategy in which four players
play basically a zone around the paint with a defender on top of the
floor playing the point guard.
On paper, it looks like a church with a steeple, and often makes it
very hard to drivers to get the ball inside and instead must take
jumpers or pass to teammates for lower percentage shots.
It is a change-up style that may only work for a couple possessions
at a time but has worked against James at times. The Cavs went to a
look like this on several possessions in the second half in Game 3, but
the hot shooting of Kirk Hinrich, who went 9-of-12, punished them for
it. So did Luol Deng, who made nine of 16 shots. It might be something
they go back to in Game 4.
The Cavs defense is to go on a full on contain the paint and leave the shooters open plan, hoping that Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich won't beat them. To quite honest, this is the defense I would put on the whole game, and I'd feel very comfortable that Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng won't beat me from the outside three more times this series.
I'd also feel very comfortable that Derrick Rose wouldn't generate enough fouls by drawing contact at the rim to try and break the back of a crowded lane either (a difficult task because with five guys basically defending the paint, they can establish position easily).
This is also the essence of why the Bulls really need a great shooter, because it would punish this defense. You know that this defense isn't an option if he who shall not be named was still on this team. I don't know what you call a half church, but I know one guy would be standing in the corner defending the three point line at all times.
Now the Bulls will call upon Kirk Hinrich to play the role of back breaker when the Cavs put a box in the paint. Will it work? It worked for game three, and it will be on Kirk to make it work again.