Bulls Lose in OT to the Heat, Fall to 3-1 in the Series, Might Consider Short-Term Alcoholism

Bulls Lose in OT to the Heat, Fall to 3-1 in the Series, Might Consider Short-Term Alcoholism

The Bulls fell in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals 101-93 in OT to the Heat. Down 3-1 in the series, they face elimination in Game 5 in Chicago on Thursday.

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What if you went on a bender Monday night, slept 30 hours, and I told you Wednesday morning that:

  • Miami’s 109.3, 3rd-best-in-the-NBA offense was held to 97.4 points per 100 possessions;
  • Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, and Derrick Rose all broke 20 points;
  • The Bulls out-rebounded the Heat — though only 42-41 — with 15 team rebounds and Boozer-Joakim Noah combining for 25;
  • Keith Bogans and Ronnie Brewer each outscored Dwyane Wade in the second half where Wade was denied the ball and held scoreless on only four shots, while LeBron James took 12, Chris Bosh took eight, and Mike Miller took five;
  • Wade only shot 3-for-8 at the rim with only four FT attempts;
  • Rose took 10 shots at the rim and seven at the FT line;
  • LeBron had five turnovers in about 38 possessions used and Boozer only had one in about 18 used;
  • Deng shot an almost .600 TS%, 50% from the floor, 40% on 3-pointers on 19 possessions used, while he grabbed eight rebounds, while also logging three blocks and two steals;
  • Boozer was 7-for-10 within ten feet of the basket;
  • Udonis Haslem bricked all five of his shots and had three turonvers in his 34 minutes;
  • The Bulls held the Heat to a sub-.450 FG% for the first time in the series (.427), held them to 38.5% in the first three quarters, and scored 16 points on 16 of Miami’s turnovers across the entire game;
  • The Bulls outscored Miami on fastbreak points 26-15;
  • The Bulls’ biggest lead of the night was 11, while the Heat’s was nine;
  • The Bulls led by as many as nine and never trailed in the third quarter;
  • Miller played 26 minutes, and was subbed in to defend Kyle Korver when the Bulls were up 75-72 in the fourth quarter for much of the rest of that quarter;
  • Noah had six assists and two steals;
  • And the game went to OT, as the Heat won and took a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series to win the Eastern Conference over the NBA-winningest Bulls?
The Heat played suffocating defense on every Bull, Rose was a brick-fest, Korver was begging for air every time he got the ball, Miami was super-aggressive and shot 32-for-38 at the line, the Bulls had 22 turnovers (led by Rose’s seven), and the Bulls took 45 fucking shots at 16 feet from the basket or more (hitting only 13 — six 3s — for a .356 eFG% from that range).
LeBron is fuckin’ amazing on both ends of the floor (Andrew Sharp, SBNation.com). No doubt the best two-way player in the game and he showed that, becoming D-Rose’s Moby Dick.
Rose won the MVP after leading this team from 41-41 records the last two seasons to the NBA-best 62-20 record with a rookie coach, whom he highly admires. But it seems to be the second year in a row that his season will end with LeBron walking off that same court as a victor.
To add salt to the wound, when the Bulls switched to more isolation play — as pick n’ rolls were resulting in great Miami traps — LeBron took on Rose 1-on-1 and did what entire teams struggled to do well as a gang: prevent Rose from penetrating.
The meme is going to be the Bulls not being able to score because Rose is the only scorer, despite: Boozer and Deng scoring 20+; and 22 (TWENTY-TWO!!!) team turnovers. Another will be Rose’s sick dunk on Joel Anthony‘s face, despite Anthony logging four blocks in 29 minutes.
Another will be Rose’s 8-for-27 shooting, a line that looks like a .382 TS% and 18.9% turnover rate, despite…
Fuck this shit. I’m done with this recap.
Advanced Stats via Hoopdata.

EDIT: Good lord:

Stats I can’t get over from last night: Mike Miller was +36. #Bulls scored .28 points per play on pick-and-rolls. #heat #nbaless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

OK, I’m seriously done now.

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  • Ugh. The Heat are just too damn good. I feel bad for Rose...I imagine he is taking all of this pretty hard. The Heat deserve a ton of credit for making his life miserable. Even if he was marginally good, the Bulls are probably up in this series.

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