Hot shooting eliminates the Pacers

In the pregame, I said the Bulls needed to shoot better, and as a team, they delivered from beyond the arc.   For once, it wasn't Kyle Korver playing the three point hero, but Bogans, Deng, and Rose who connected from beyond the arc to to lead the team.

With solid shooting, the Pacers simply had no chance whatsoever in this game, and even some trigger happy referees couldn't turn the tide of the game despite calling a bunch of dicey fouls on Rose and Noah.

Derrick Rose fights off foul trouble and a bum wheel to give the Bulls an MVP like performance

25 points and 6 assists almost seems like a mediocre stat line for Rose,
but when the Pacers closed the gap to four points and Rose had to come
back in the third with four fouls, he put them away. 

In a short span, Rose knocked down two threes, had two assists, and
split a pair of free throws, as well as stuffing Roy Hibbert.  Then the
rout was on, and the bench picked it up in the fourth and Rose sat out
the rest of the game.

It wasn't 4th quarter fireworks, but when the team started to unravel a
bit and needed Rose, he came through fast and furious and put the Pacers

Joakim Noah had a little extra motivation and delivered

Noah's grandfather, a former professional soccer player, was at the UC
to take in his first ever basketball game.   First how crazy is it that
Noah's family has three generations of professional athletes in
completely different sports? 

Noah definitely put on a show for his grandfather.  I'm not sure how
much a newcomer to the game appreciates defense, but Noah shut down the
paint, did a tremendous job switching the pick and roll, blocked four
shots, and altered too many to count.   Joakim scored 14 and only pulled
down eight boards, but brough incredible energy all game long and looks
like all-star Noah again.

He baited Josh McRoberts into a frustration flagrant 2.  For the second
time this series McRoberts decided to just go off and try and deck
someone off the ball in a fairly unprovoked fashion. 

Luol Deng stepped it up

Much like he has for most of the season, Luol Deng brought the complete game.   Passing,shooting, and defense.   He knocked down his threes and played with excellent decision making. 

If Luol can continue to play at this level, the Bulls will be awfully difficult to beat.

Keith Bogans brought the military grade flamethrower

Keith Bogans scored 15 on 7 shots by knocking down 5 of his 7 threes.   When Keith Bogans calls down the thunder, the game's over.   Really, it's not reasonable to ask for a 5/7 night from Bogans too often, but when he delivers one the Bulls are nearly unbeatable.

Once Bogans needs to be defended out to the three point line, the Bulls offense really clicks without losing anything on the defensive end.

I've given Keith a hard time at many points this season, and I'm still not too amped about starting him, but he stepped up big in this game and was a huge factor in the Bulls win.

What the hell is with Boozer?

Seriously, this guy needs to get some confidence back.   Boozer had some good looks, but again, couldn't get them to go.   He was abysmal once again and the fact that he collected four fouls in 16 minutes wasn't helping his cause much.

I'm sure no one on the team will be happier than Boozer to get away from the Pacers frontline.

Taj Gibson gave the Bulls some quality minutes

Much like Joakim, Taj Gibson brought it big time with his defense and energy and defense.   He also knocked down a few key jumpers when the game was still a bit in doubt mid way through.  

When Carlos Boozer hasn't been able to deliver, Taj Gibson has, and if this trend continues I hope to see the minutes reflect that as well.

Final thoughts

This was the game we were all waiting for from the beginning.   The Bulls are simply a much better team than the Pacers and finally brought their A game to the table.   Once that happened there was never a doubt in the outcome.

As for the Pacers, I won't miss them.  Jeff Foster, Tyler Hansbrough, and Josh McRoberts all proved to be dirty, thuggish players who took cheap shots whenever they had the opportunity.  Frank Vogel's delusional post game conferences were good for a laugh, but were getting a bit old.  I'm pretty sure he's announcing how they're actually up 3-2 in this series somewhere now.


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  • Pretty happy

    Hope we get Atlanta next round. I worry that Howard may try to injure Rose so it is best if he can be avoided

  • In reply to bulls6:

    I'll take either, we match up well against Atlanta, and Thibs had Orlando's number even before that trade. I really just want that series to go seven.

  • Hallelujah!!! Can I get an Amen?

    Tell me it wasn't pure awesomeness to run up the score at the end....

  • In reply to evilhoban:


  • In reply to evilhoban:

    I also thought the bench was great...It made all the difference...

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    This was the first playoff game where the Bench Mob, playing intact as a complete unit in both halves, got some decent minutes. I hope this causes Thibs to regain his confidence in them. The Bench Mob will be needed for Bulls to advance to ECF and Finals. The team within a team if what got Bulls the NBA

  • In reply to Edward:

    Yea, and all it took for Thibs to give Asik some minutes was both Noah and Boozer being in foul trouble in the first half, and a 25 point blowout in the 4rth quarter. For a basketball genuis Thibs sure is stuborn.

    By the way anyone want to precisely pinpoint why Rose was in foul trouble the entire second half.

    Besides Rose's silly fouls themselves, the real culprit again was Thibideau's decision making on rotations. He brought Rose out to start the 2nd quarter, for no particular reason, Rose picked up his second foul within a minute and returned to the bench where he should have been anyway. Then we he committed that unadvised offensive foul in the closing seconds of the half it was his third instead of his second foul. Dumb move by our genius head coach.

    Anyone still doubt who the second most important player on the team is, here is a hint the Bulls were plus 34 in his 32 minutes on the court, and his sister is hot.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Agreed on Thibs decision making to play rose at times. Hindsight is 20/20 but he did pick up fouls at times where he prolly should have been on the bench. I'd say Thibs has struggled to trust his bench as much as he should. Great to see Asik get some burn and play well.

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    Yeah my name is KK aka Kyle Killer ! He has been huge for the team That series ! But i didnt feel brewer That series

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Yes, I think Brewer's severely sprained thumb is still bothering him quite a bit. Hope his injury improves during the next week of rest. Bulls need him - he adds a different dimension.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    I`m rooting for Orlando...Atlanta has shown us how to beat Orlando...Shut down the three-point shooters and let Howard have his way...

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    I'm pretty sure we showed Atlanta how to beat Orlando.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    Yes, that was when Asik had his big game playing against Howard in single coverage. Kurt Thomas did a good job as well. Howard is a poor matchup for Noah - just a reality not his fault.

  • In reply to Edward:

    Hopefully, you can forward this obvious information to Thibideau, and it penetrates his very thick skull.

  • In reply to Edward:

    Interesting start to the game.

    The Bulls ingor the force feed the offense through Boozers ass game plan that they tried the first four games.

    Instead of trailing from the start and averaging 4-5 turnovers in the first 3 minutes of the Boozer centric offense, they jump out to a 14-2 lead without Boozer touching the ball.

    20 points in the first 6 minutes and the highest scoring quarter of the series with Bozo on the bench for the last 6 minutes. The best game of the series on both ends of the floor with zero contribution from Boozer, what would an astute basketball mind make of that.

    Is his PER below zero yet.

    Noah, Thomas, Taj and Asik, who needs Bozo the screaming hyena

    Just imagine what we could have done with that $80million, had we only known.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    It wasn't his Grandfather's first basketball game, it was his first NBA game. He saw Noah play against Georgia in 2006/2007.
    When he comes Noah really brings the heat. Did anyone see this?

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    I have respect for the Pacers. They gave the better effort for the first 4 games of the series. They were well coached and made adjustments that were effective. What were they supposed to do, lie down and die because they

  • In reply to Edward:

    Overall, they gave the Bulls a worthwhile wakeup experience so that they can go forward knowing what the playoffs are all about. Better get that call against a less talented team in the first round than cruise thru and find out later.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Exactly! The Pacers gave the Bulls a 4 game lesson in playing at playoff intensity.
    It was a much needed lesson! Hopefully, they can integrate this lesson and not need it taught to them again in a later round. We

  • In reply to Edward:

    One down - 3 to go.

    Next game Monday so plenty of rest. Booz has turf toe (ouch) but I hate saying this but it could actually be a blessing (sorry Booz but your confidence is shot at present and therefore you are like Keith not hitting his open 3s)

    Glad it was a blowout so the bench got their run. I too hope Thibs returns to his regular season rotations a bit more. We all know the best 5 in the WHOLE NBA (points diff) was the bench mob + "GLu"ol.

    This game proved to the Bulls what they can achieve. As I said previously I hoped to see the Bulls lose a game to give them the kick up the arse they needed and so proud of their response.

    The series is over; Pacers are frustrated and will talk crap (Vogel has been doing it all series lol) and now they are all going fishing and we move on with confidence and a swagger.



    I BELIEVE!!!!

  • In reply to Jersey66:

    Keith is insulted by that comparison....says he at least always tries on defense.

  • In reply to Jersey66:

    Now that was more like it. As we hoped, they came out aggressively, got on top of the Pacers and didn't let up. Nice games by just about everyone not named Carlos.

    Great to see Rose able to take Q4 off.

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    No i rather face ATL !! Hawks frontline cant handle our froncourt ! We Will outrebound them easily and most of all boozer wont have hard time against them !! Dont Forget we blew them out twice this season. The only time we lost againt them was because Bulls thought the game was done when they were leading by 20 at the halftime. They wont be tha dumb again Trust me !!

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    McRoberts and Foster are both "thugs and punks" combined. I thought McRoberts played decently in the reg season games but he seemed like he was scared to play basketball and wanted to just play MMA with the Bulls. I will blame the refs on this. This is a skilled game and it is one thing to commit fouls to throw the other team of rhythm but it is not correct to play like what the Pacers did especially kicking the defender(it might hurt the player)or playing thuggish.
    Off-course, Boozer does a little bit of that. I hope Thibs shows him how not to make fouls. I have never seen a skilled player make so many stupid fouls on both ends.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    It doesn't end there, Danny Granger said Noah was a dirty player and almost had a confrontation with Luol Deng when players were shaking hands at the end of the game.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Jeff foster and mcroberts were thugs.

  • In reply to pinkizdead:

    I hope for them they Will keep thugging in indiana now they out !!

  • In reply to pinkizdead:

    We are the best !! who's the next ?? ATL ?? We will destroy them like babies !!

  • In reply to pinkizdead:


  • In reply to pinkizdead:

    "Frank Vogel's delusional post game conferences were good for a laugh, but were getting a bit old."
    AMEN!!!! That dude needs to lay off the crackpipe.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Granger is a joke. I give him credit, he is the default leader on a team that took the Bulls down to the wire in four games, but he was reluctant to carry the team down the stretch in the first three losses, and he didn't show up yesterday. He talks like his team is tough but they're a bunch of punks taking cheap shots at our point guard.

    I wish Kurt Thomas had of shown the Pacers how they say goodbye in Germany. Bam.

    See you next year, Indiana.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    McRoberts is a pure thug. Foster is kind of like a quiet Noah. If he is on your team you love him, on the other team you hate him. Hansbrough is a more physical less althletic Taj, can't really hate him either.

    Granger is a sore loser, a cry baby and a pussy, but he sure does have a nice stroke.

  • In reply to evilhoban:

    Amen !!

  • In the end the Pacers get what they deserved, especially mister McRoberts, now the 2nd game in a row he tried that forearm shiver crap.

    I think we all can feel better about our Bulls after we finally got a big win

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Only partially, Foster still has his teeth.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    ikr, and Granger still his tongue

  • In reply to msalivar:

    Refs and Conspiracy Theory

    Is it just me or did the referees call a decent game? They called fouls on both sides and eliminated Pacer thuggery. This is the way the entire series would have gone if the referees had called fouls honestly and fairly.

    I believe someone "higher up" told the referees to clean up their act and call a clean basketball game. Tall Pacers weren't allowed to "almost set a position" and get a charge call.

    The result? The Bulls played basketball, and the Pacers couldn't. Bulls scorched the Pacers.

    Let's hope the referees call balanced games from now on. I don't accuse the refs of anything illegal. I do accuse the NBA front office of sending a message to last night's referee team to call honest fouls on both sides last night.

    Result? Bulls win.

  • In reply to rkraneis:

    bulls got called for touch fouls all night

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Fortunatly Rose didnt play the last quarter. Jeff Foster or hansbrough would have injuried him just for fun since they had nothing to loose. We showed them the d

  • I wouldn't call Hansbrough, Foster, and McRoberts thugs, they are just punks that can't play without being physical. Great win by the Bulls, they accomplished exactly what I said they needed to do, grind the Pacers into humility. Finally a blowout win against a team that I personally despise cause I knew a while back that this team is good but they are dirty as well with a few of the players that they have on that team. Boozer has some serious issues that he need to attend to cause if the Bulls can't get thus guy going, and I hate to say this but... the Bulls will not win a title this year. At least the Bulls now get to rest a little cause Atlanta and Orlando looks as if they might go 7 games.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Maybe there's room for argument about the other two, but McRoberts is a straight-up thug.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I won't argue with Foster and McRoberts, but Hansbrough is just intensely passionate. Like Noah, that never give up attitude gets him on peoples' nerves, but I wouldn't call him dirty.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I'm not sure what the difference between a "punk that can't play without being physical" and a "thug" is on the basketball court.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Trust me when I say there is a difference. Guys that have played old school playground basketball no what I'm talking bout.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Trust me when I say there is a difference. Guys that have played old school playground basketball no what I'm talking bout.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Doug, a thug knows that he can't play. A punk actually believes that he's good...

  • no, the men are professional athletes, the women beauty queens

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    They are blessed in their family ! Grandfather was a professional soccer player in Cameroun. Dad is a tennis living-legend in France and noah is NBA player ! What a family ! By the way, i spent some years in Cameroun when i was a kid. i enjoyed it !

  • LOL. One should be really pessimistic or really confident in pav

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