I noted this as the title of the game three adjustments, and we saw the Bulls attempt to do it in game four. We saw them do it with tremendous success. We saw them get out in transition a bunch. We saw them build up their lead and play well while doing it. We saw them play fast perpetually right up until the point that the game mattered.
As soon as things got really important, the Bulls inexplicably, though it's not inexplicable because virtually every coach does the same thing, decided to slow the game down and settle for contested fadeaway long two pointers.
Seriously Thibodeau, I expect more
The half court offense has been bottled up by Miami's defense. You can't will Kyle Korver to make shots that he's not making. I get it. There's a certain amount of stuff here that's beyond your control.
However, the decision to go away from the tool that's lead to the most success is in your control. Even if you can't get a transition opportunity, don't walk the ball up the court and start the half court offense with 12 seconds left.
It's not working, yet you see something is working, and you go away from it as soon as things get really important? Why? Why?
You've ruined sports radio for me until they stop talking about basketball, because I'm going to hear over and over again how LeBron James defended you. You had the guy beat badly on that last play you decided to take the fadeaway jumper. You had him off balance and had the step around him.
In fact, virtually every time LeBron was isolated on Rose or in a pick and roll with Rose, Derrick got past the perimeter level of defense quickly and easily and was at the second level at the hoop. The only problem is there were typically three white jerseys waiting there for him when he got there.
However, LeBron has no chance to defend Derrick. The only chance he had was that Rose just took stupid shots in isolation at the end of the game when he easily could have taken better ones.
Kyle Korver, empty your mind
All I can think of at this point is that the Heat are in his head. He's 3/11 in the series so far, but his performance is even quieter than that as his make in game three was in garbage time. The Bulls haven't played Korver as much, and when they have played him, he's let them down.
I don't know what to say, but after spending most of the season annoyed at how much this guy plays, he now looks like perhaps the best player the Bulls have at SG. He's knocking down a reasonable amount of his open threes, and he's defending really well.
At this point, I might lean towards putting Bogans in to close out games when you need defense and open three point shooting.
The odds of coming back from 1-3 aren't very good. The odds of drafting Derrick Rose weren't very good either. The Bulls should have one mission right now. We've heard the script before.
Take game 5. It's a home game. It's a game you should be able to win if you play well. Don't worry about anything else, because if you lose game 5, this whole thing is over. So bring everything you have for that game.