The refs made this one of the most unwatchable games you'll ever see. They missed foul after foul or called them on the wrong team all night long. I don't mean to say the Bulls lost this game due to the refs, as there were plenty of horrid calls going in their direction as well, perhaps even more than the Pacers.
The Bulls were down by a ton of points after giving up craploads of offensive rebounds and letting Indiana get off plenty of easy shots inside. Derrick Rose led a furious comeback to force overtime, scoring over and over again to close out the game. Unfortunately, when you run Rose ISOs for 4 minutes no one else feels confident shooting, and when the Bulls went away from that in OT, no one else stepped up.
Derrick Rose redeemed himself for the Clippers missed FT
With 1.2 seconds left down by three, the Darren Collison got whistled for a foul on Rose in a three point shot. Rose calmly knocked down all three free throws even if the second one was a bit dicey.
Beyond that, Rose dominated this game on offense, especially in leading the come back. He played decently in over time (and his TO and misses were really fouls that likely should have been called), but the Pacers found their offense and knocked down shots.
Rose eventually fouled out with 24 seconds left in the game, and King and Funk proceeded to bitch about Rose not getting calls when he shot 21 free throws on the night.
Joakim Noah looks like the flu is still bothering him
Don't know if that's the case, but his energy just seems lower the past two nights since he had to leave with flu like symptoms. Granted, Noah was 7/8 for 17 points, but his lack of rebounding really sunk the team early.
Keith Bogans single handedly lost the Bulls this game
With the Bulls trying to mount a comeback in the third, Keith Bogans had consecutive turnovers and then fouled Roy Hibbert after a shot went in to give the Pacers the ball back and a free throw. It was 7 point swing for the Pacers in about one minute due to three terrible plays by Bogans. He also managed to compound his mistake with another frustration foul, and oh, he also was 0-3 on the night.
This was a god awful train wreck. Sure, it was early in the third, and who knows what would have happened if Bogans hadn't completely sabotaged the early run at a comeback, but Bogans not being a trainwreck probably had the Bulls down by about 8-9 points in the fourth instead of 16 to start it off.
Kurt Thomas can not play against energy players
Thomas had his moments in this game, he picked up a charge, set some screens, played physical, but he also got beat badly by Indiana's energy. I was surprised the Bulls went with him at the end of the game given that he didn't play particularly well.
Kyle Korver needs to buy a dog
He repeatedly passed on open threes at the end of the game and overtime. Shots where he was only open for a second, but enough time to get his shot off. When he passes on those shots he really hurts the team, because they work hard to get him that look and often don't get a better look.
Deng, Asik, Watson, and Gibson were all okay
They basically did their job for the most part, but they weren't particularly special. I was a bit disappointed not to see Asik down the stretch whom I thought generally outplayed Thomas, but given that Thomas did okay down the stretch I can't really complain in retrospect.
Deng played pretty decently on the night, but missed a couple key looks in OT that would have been big for the team.
I liked Watson running the second team offense, he shot pretty well and gave the Bulls a lift and helped spark the comeback.
Amongst our bigs, Gibson might have been the best on the night, which isn't saying so much given that the Bulls bigs were dominated much of the night particularly on the glass.
I'm a bit disappointed with the loss because the Bulls will no longer sweep the division, it would have been a cool feather in the hat to be the first team to ever do that. Besides that Boston (barring a miracle) will also lose tonight keeping the Bulls a half game ahead of them for the #1 seed.
While it would have been a big opportunity for the Bulls to pass Boston convincingly, I still think the Bulls are in very good shape to win the #1 seed. For those thinking Boston is in trouble due to the back to back, they lost this game so badly, that their starters barely played, so they'll still be decently rested against New Orleans. Granted, New Orleans can just beat them because they're better and not because Boston is tired as well.
So the Bulls lost, and that's sad, but it was an amazing come back that was enjoyable to watch in the fourth quarter. Obviously, a loss still hurts, but the Bulls weren't going to win out, and they'll still be in position of the one seed when the night is over.