Bulls come from behind to beat the Bucks

The Bulls were down at 15 points in the middle of the third quarter, and you know what, I bet Bucks fans never once thought "we got this".   I bet Bulls fans also never thought "man we're going to lose this". 

Three minutes to go, Bulls down by four.  83-87.    The Bucks don't score again.   Derrick Rose scores eight and has two assists in the final three minutes to account for all 12 of the Bulls points.   Bulls win by eight.   Their first lead of the game was at 89-87.

Dave B summed it up in the comments best. "Bucks just got MVPed.".

Derrick Rose had a career high 17 assists on the night, and at the end of the game, the Bucks could do nothing with him.  Had he not been screwed on one continuation play, he'd have had another three points as well.

Still, 30 points and 17 assists is a pretty eye popping night for league's MVP front runner.  He killed them on the drive, at the end, he killed them with the jumper, with the long floater, and with the pass.   Rose was simply incredible all night long, a true MVP performance.

Outside of Rose, the Bulls struggled with continuity on offense

Particularly the Boozer/Noah dynamic still hasn't ever been fully worked out due to the pair both having so many injuries at alternate times this year.  I feel like they struggle to play with each other, both playing better when the other isn't on the court with them.

Both guys are playing too tentatively IMO.    Noah was far more aggressive offensively earlier in the year as was Boozer while Noah was out.   Both seem to be struggling with their role a little bit while playing together.

Isn't it kind of odd that Bogans took 6 shots in the third period while the Bulls were down by 10-15?

Of course, he ended up hitting 3 of them for eight points, but I just thought it was strange.   Bogans was getting lit up by Salmons though.  I remember when the Bulls called a 1st time out and didn't yank him I almost pulled my hair out (I believe that was prior to him knocking down a couple threes).

When they did pull him, I posted "now the run can begin" and it did.

Are the Bulls getting worn out by the season?

The past two games the Bulls have come out without a lot of energy and then did just enough at the end to win.   Of course the two games before that they basically put beat downs of epic proportions against their opponents.

Not every night is a 40 point victory, but really, how do you lose to the Bucks for 45 minutes on the night?

Final thoughts

Bulls are down to 10 games left.  A 9-1 finish would lock up the one seed and lock up the home court advantage against the Lakers as well.    Anything worse than that requires losses by the Celtics and Lakers to retain their seeding. 

While I think the Bulls hold off the Celtics, holding off the Lakers will be awfully tough given the ease of the Lakers remaining schedule.



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  • Who is Dave B?

  • In reply to dldjr:

    Just an Australian Bulls fan who recently started commenting here after following for ages. Seriously though - Doug quoting me is definitely going in the resume. In bold no less.

  • In reply to davebursill:

    lol, i thought it was the name of journalist commenting bucks-bulls game !!

  • In reply to dldjr:

    Mel's brother.

  • If LeBron James was coming in at full speed on a fast break and my life depended on stopping him from scoring by any means necessary..... I think I could foul him to get a stop. Of course it would be a flagrant foul, but I'm pretty sure I'd have a chance in hell of stoping him.

    If Derrick Rose was in that same scenario..... I don't think I could even touch him. That is the biggest difference between the two. Rose controls tempo and can create space while having a variety of jumpers, floaters, and push shots. Too big, too fast, too strong, too good.

  • In reply to kbar17:

    If Lebron, Rose, and me were all balancing on the snout of an alligator (each on on a different alligator), and jumping off the snout meant that alligator would then snap us in two, and we each had a basketball, and there was a hoop attached to each alligator's tail, and scoring on a hoop meant that alligator's tail would lash about and knock off the person on that alligator's snout, then i believe that after i missed lebron's hoop, he would swish his ball through mine, with drose then firing a 2 and over the head jump pass into the closing mouth of my alligator right before closing on me, thus sparing my life, and that, i believe, more accurately reflects the difference between the two.

  • In reply to bucketball:

    sounds like someone has had too many beverages tonight. That's was some reference you gave man.

  • In reply to Reese1:


    a great win, though. go bulls!

  • In reply to bucketball:


  • In reply to kbar17:

    Leave a comment...

  • In reply to kbar17:

    well said man ! like i said below, actually i would pick rose over James if i had to build a team. Lebron is only a stat(man). Rose is a winner, he is clutch.

  • Was interested to see if Redd had anything in the tank. Too bad they didn't let him play.

  • Great win and performance by Rose and the Bulls even tho they trailed most of the game and had to really scrap and play lock down D to pull out the win. And although I hope the Bulls can get the number 1 seed in the east and maybe over the Lakers, I agree with you GB, having the number 1 seed is a little over rated cause in the playoffs anything can happen and it will take a will to win when it matters for any team in the playoffs whether you have home court advantage or not. All I can say is playoff experience is sometimes overlooked and let's not forget about Miami and especially Boston. Just because the Celtics aren't finishing the season winning down the stretch does not mean they won't be ready in the playoffs... they have proved everyone wrong before.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    If you truly respect Boston and Miami and don't mention Orlando as being at that level, then how can you also say the #1 seed which allows you to avoid one of those teams and not face the other until the ECF overrated?

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Derrick Rose.. "the Windy City Assassin." Sometimes Stacy(King) cracks me up. I don't know how many times I rewound that last three basket sequence of Derricks. Hearing the road/Bulls alternate home crowd chanting MVP so loudly, and just going bannanas over Rose' Jordanesque antics. Too much.

    The only question marks to me have been Joakim and Booz with the overall lack of production for some time now. Though both played spirited last night. Still, the overall numbers were down once again. I looked bacck at the box scores for Noah's great start before the injury, and in most games he was averaging 39 minutes or more a game. I've always thought/observed Jo plays much better/gets in a productive rythm when he plays a lot of minutes/stays on the court. Unfortunately with his durability issues that's been a tough thing to do. I just think you win with stars, and Jo needs to regain that star quality. I hope his minutes for the remainder rise to about 38 a game. Omer and Kurt have enough time on the court to be ready when called upon. Jo's the one who needs to ramp it up. Likewise Boozer( to some extent). At some point his minutes will have to rise if we want that offensive force(19ppg and 10 boards) to return. I think it's vital for the Bulls chances of advancing to the ECF and beyond that we get these two guys games back now.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    IMO Boozer has lost some of his explosiveness due to age and a series of leg injuries. Actual age is not the key determinant necessarily. Reminds me a bit of what Elton Brand has become albeit Brand had a more serious injury. Boozer's "tentativeness" is a result of an undersized PF who lost a part of his lift. Booz is not yet in Ben Wallace territory in my book but worth watching for continued deterioration of his game.

  • In reply to hgarbell:

    It's too early to say that, not that you don't have a point. I tend to think his recent performance is influenced by the most recent injury which would likely make it harder to be explosive. If it persists into next season, I'd be more likely to share your big picture concerns.

  • In reply to hgarbell:


  • In reply to Edward:

    I think Boozer's ankle is responsible for some of his issues. The point is the Bulls struggled when Boozer was not there but have not struggled so much when Noah was not there.
    I think there are things which is going on offensively which we are missing when Boozer is out there..(Noah's man is slacking of Noah)

  • In reply to Edward:

    the scary thing with Rose, it isn't the fact he is that good but the fact he is only 22 years old. OMG ! MMMVVVPPP !!!!

  • In reply to deewaves:

    actually i would pick rose over James if i had to build a team. Lebron is only a stat(man). Rose is a winner, he is clutch!

  • In reply to deewaves:

    my man! love the way you're thinkin!

  • In reply to hgarbell:

    +1. I think boozer must loose some weights this summer and do fitness. He is getting old, having fat won't help him to avoid injuries.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    1. I think Boozer is still a little gimpy. It is easy to pick on him because of his defense but both him and Noah have not really played together when they are 100% healthy. We are seeing the rustiness with Noah and he is taking a long time to get his rhythm back.
    2. If Noah is taking so much time to get his game back(even rebounding), how much time will the O'Neal's take? I think it is going to be pretty difficult for the Celtics to just integrate Shaq with 5/6 games before the playoffs as a starting Center. Same with Haslem in Miami.
    3. Korver, Bogans and CJ have to take shots when they are open. I think the Bulls are a better rebounding team compared to their ball-handling skills. Even if they miss their shots, they have a better chance of rebounding rather than passing up a shot and having a turn-over or making more work for Rose.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I think Boozer will be fine. He will adapt has many veterans do. Less jump but more savvy and hope for "better" defense.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    There was a close up of Noah after a Bucks score and foul at the rim it was a result of Boozer not closing off the weak side.
    That fabled team chemistry could be tested. Jokim was visibly frustrated.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    I saw a play the game before where Noah pretty much had to clean up Boozer's mess and left his own man open... explains why he may not be as effective with he Booz in there... I'm still hoping that the pressure of the team defensive concept will actually rub off on Boozer. Maybe he'll get tired of sitting 4th. quarters adn actually make an effort.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    East Magic Number = "9"

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    It started right here:


  • In reply to Hanseatico:

    yes, there are no reasons ! U're the MVP !!

  • Fortunately, I can think about finals seeding without stealing the team's mojo and causing them to lose. They might have to take it one game at a time, but I can be a dreamer.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    You're being sarcastic with your answer Doug but that's Ok. Just because I did not mention Orlando does not mean I'm overlooking them, no one is trying to down play the Bulls success thus far or crush your dreams. Some fans just believe having the number one seed is being over blown. I know teams like Orlando, Boston, and Miami would like to have the number one seed, but do you think they are rely worried about it? I don't think that they are. Ok... so I included Orlando in the mix as well, is that better?

  • In reply to Reese1:

    We have seen the Bulls play better at home. And it is easier to make up a game if you have HCA. If you lose a game in the beginning, you can win a game on the road and get the HCA back. If you don't have that, it is tough to come back if you lose one game at home. That's why HCA is very critical especially for a young team like the Bulls and also because our bench can make a big difference at home.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Rose is starting to scare me. He's taking it to a different level with these team is playing badly but I will us to win games. Indiana was apparently the dress rehearsal. We got it right this time.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I agree. I believe boston is concerned with staying ahead of la and Miami plays better on the road anyway.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I'm not being sarcastic. I'm being straight forward.

    I clearly don't want players thinking about whether they're ahead of the Lakers or not and looking ahead to the finals, but I think us as fans can examine all angles.

    I think it's more interesting to talk about that now than whether they beat Miami or Boston in seeding, because that seems overwhelmingly likely now.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Anyway, i don't fear orlando at all. Bulls would win against ORL and ATL easily.

  • Thinking of seeding all through the Finals is definitely not Madness. It

  • Boston is playing less good since their trades. Miami is just a talent mix, not enough collective to beat chicago Defense. If bulls can share the ball in offense and stand by rose late in the fourth quarter then YES they can reach the finals.

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