That's right, the streak is over. Keith Bogans did his part to guarantee victory. He chipped in six points. However, it wasn't enough, as the Warriors took advantage of an incredibly sloppy Derrick Rose to defeat the Bulls. The turnovers let the Warriors stay in the game much of the night, because they converted so many Bulls turnovers into two points on a fast break outscoring the Bulls 31 to 15 on the fast break.
However, the Warrriors didn't win the game off of the turnovers. The two teams were basically tied when the Bulls stopped turning it over. They won the game because the Bulls couldn't hit the broad side of a barn on offense, and the Warriors ran after the long rebounds hitting basically every shot in the early offense in transition or coming out of transition.
Derrick Rose played as bad a game as he's played all year
It's been awhile since we've seen him throw a game around that was this bad. He had 14/10 which wouldn't be mindbogglingly terrible if it weren't for the nine turnovers. Granted, seven of them were in the first half, and the Bulls were up by one point when Derrick committed his final turnover, but the turnovers still helped key the victory, because without them, the Bulls would have been up by 15 points or so rather than one.
If that were the case, the Warriors big run would have brought them back in the game instead of giving them a big lead. Ignoring the turnovers, Rose went 0-5 from behind the three point line which is as bad as we've seen him shoot from distance in a long, long time. A couple of makes there would have also given the game a different complexion.
The Bulls simply couldn't get Boozer the ball enough
Boozer was a 10-17 on the night, but the Bulls really struggled to feed him the ball as Golden State's small lineup did a nice job pressuring the pass and stopping the Bulls from feeding it in there. They also forced him into turnovers and offensive fouls of his own mitigating what otherwise would have been a solid shooting night.
Boozer's defense hurt the Bulls a lot tonight, because he wasn't quick enough to really help on Ellis/Curry when they came off screens, and the pair killed the Bulls all night long.
Luol Deng had a decent night, but the Bulls needed more
The Bulls went small with Deng at PF a bit, and it wasn't effective. At SF, he failed to use his size advantage to any great purpose. He shot the ball decently, connecting on 3 of 8 three point shots and 4/7 from inside the arc, but he had a matchup advantage that he didn't really take advantage of most of the night.
Keith Bogans did his part
He scored six, what more can you ask for from Keith Bogans? He and Kurt Thomas were the only Bulls who had a positive +/- on the night.
Kurt Thomas played sparingly
I agree with the decision to play Thomas sparingly. His type of defense probably wasn't going to help the Bulls too much, and I don't think he had the speed to get back in transition as much. It's interesting though that he Bulls were + while he was on the floor and - by a ton when he wasn't. Granted, a big part of it was that he was off the floor while the Bulls tried to match up with GS when they went small.
Could they have kept Kurt in the game and played big? Use him to rough up the Warriors little guards, particularly around screens? Get Stephon Curry involved in a few pick and rolls with Kurt Thomas setting the pick? Perhaps, but I doubt it would have worked out better.
Taj Gibson played pretty well, I think the Bulls needed more of him
It's hard to say for sure, because the bench unit struggled so much, but I liked Gibson's energy for most of the game. He rebounded pretty well, gave the Bulls some second chance points, scored 8 points on only four shots and one trip to the line inside 20 minutes.
Give he has the length and speed to help really defend the pick and roll and run up and down the floor with GS, this was a game I thought we could have used Gibson for 35 minutes or so.
Ronnie Brewer disappointed me in this one
You would have thought he could smother the midget guards of GS defensively or that he could get some easy opportunities due to his size and strength offensively, but neither event materialized.
Kyle Korver shot pretty well
Nice to see Korver continuing to stay out of his slump. He scored 11 on the night on 4/9 shooting with three 3s made.
C.J. Watson just killed us
The Warriors were up by one at the start of the fourth, and Watson took and missed three shots early in the quarter. Beyond that his handling of the ball was poor, his running of the offense was poor, his defense was poor, and the Bulls were so disjointed that they went back to Rose after just two minutes of rest (though they replaced Brewer with Rose, so the pair played together for awhile and Watson got two of his missed shots in that stretch)..
I've been a fan of C.J. recently, but like several Bulls, tonight was just not his night.
I think most people will blame the turnovers, but the Bulls only had three in the final quarter and none of those led to fast breaks. The turnovers were a huge factor in stopping the Bulls from building an insurmountable lead early, but they were basically in a tie game when they solved that problem.
The game was lost in the fourth primarily due to bad transition defense and an inability to get good shot opportunities when GS trapped. The Bulls largely just seemed off their game, they never found the open man through the double team and swung the ball repeatedly to the wrong side of the court.
Kudos to the GS home crowd, they were electric, one of the louder crowds I've heard this year on TV, and they're doing it for a non-playoff team.