11:37 PM CDT, May 24, 2011
Derrick Rose, fourth quarter. Fourth quarter, Derrick Rose. Why don’t you two kids get reintroduced.
Should Rose get outplayed by Mike Miller in the fourth quarter? I mean, really.
Rose had to be the best player in Game 4. Didn’t happen. Not even close. Not with 27 shots to get 23 points.Not with seven turnovers compared to six assists. Not when LeBron James went for 35 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds.
Miami went big for most of the fourth quarter, with James on Rose, and James’ size and ability relieved the Heat of having to send a double-team. Rose was already giving up the ball. Somebody else was too big, too fast, too strong, too good.
Luol Deng threw an inbounds pass straight out of bounds in overtime. Coming out of a timeout, mind you. The Bulls looked dead. Played like it, too. Rose played entire second half and overtime. I think it’s fair to question Tom Thibodeau’s substitutions.
Dwyane Wade went to the gym to work on his shot late Monday night, then missed four of his first five, including a dunk, and finished 5 for 16. Hope he saved the receipt.
But at the end of overtime, Wade swatted Rose one possession after he swatted Deng. He and James had energy at the end. Of course, those stars got some rest.
Carlos Boozer is basketball for Patrick Kane: No defense, all offense, and you can’t live without the latter so you try to hide the former.
But jeez, at least fake getting back on defense.
The first crucial moment came early when Luol Deng got his second foul halfway through the first quarter, messing up the Bulls’ usual rotation. But with Ronnie Brewer on James, the Bulls went on an 8-2 run.
The turning point arguably came with 4:39 remaining in the fourth quarter when Boozer drew a flagrant foul on Chris Bosh with the Bulls up 77-74. Bosh hit both free throws, the Heat got the ball, and Miller hit a jumper for a 78-77 lead.
Deng finished with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists, but I’m still wondering if one of his ball fakes has ever worked.
Unfortunately, too many Heat pump fakes still work on the Bulls.
If the first quarter was any indication, Bosh doesn’t understand the difference between “every other day’’ and “every other game.’’
Wait, they actually played a game after only one day off?
James went on his own 8-0 run at the end of the first quarter, then went 0-for-the-second-quarter. Like he contracted Boozeritis or something.
Exactly the guard matchup we expected early: C.J. Watson vs. Mario Chalmers.
Joakim Noah found a way to channel his emotion, huh? Fourteen rebounds, six points, six assists.
Noah’s six assists, by the way, matched Rose. Maybe it’s me, but that shouldn’t happen.
If the Bulls were going to insist on running the pick-and-roll that doesn’t work, then some Kurt Thomas hitting jumpers might’ve helped, especially when Omer Asik was done in the first half. Yeah, I think it’s fair to question Thibodeau’s substitutions. Some of his strategy, too.
Thibodeau said he wouldn’t want to have any player other than Rose. Really? I know Thibodeau doesn’t have any choice and he’s supporting a great player the way a coach should, but really? If he’d rather have Rose than James, I’d rather have a new coach. Hope Thibodeau was just tired, maybe delirious, something like that.
Joel Anthony, please report to Stacey King’s poster machine.
What does Kyle Korver do for a living?
Miami’s superstar is better than the Bulls’ superstar, no matter who won this year’s MVP award. Chicago Bulls, your plane is boarding.