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?
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.