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Old 05-01-2015, 05:13 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Finally. The Bulls deliver a royal "smackdown" on the Bucks! About time!

Now I want the same intensity vs the Cavs.
Silver lining is, the Bucks challenged us and maybe we just needed that. And I admit it does feel good to wrap up a playoff series with a 50-point win. As I said, the Bucks are (were) incredibly beatable. Their magic trick against us was really just this gimmicky defense where they double team whoever has the ball, overplay the hell out of the passing lanes, and blatantly ignore our non-scorers (e.g. Noah). A seasoned team should have no trouble beating that type of defense, it just takes an offensive scheme that helps players be in the right position to swing the ball quickly/crisply and you'll get open looks every time. For whatever reason, the Bulls weren't prepared to handle that gimmick defense in (by my count) 4 out of the 6 games. But once we finally exposed it, offensive explosion....3rd largest win margin in playoff history.

I've complained enough already in this thread so will just enjoy where we're at and that we have a good opportunity against Cleveland to advance further.
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The question on my mind coming into this Cleveland series is...

Will the Bulls be fully committed to abusing Lebron the PF in the post consistently? To me, it doesn't matter if they lose Game 1 by stagnating their offense pounding it down low every single possession and making Lebron work. They have to wear him down throughout this series to win. No better time to start than the first quarter of the first game.
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Geez, that was a nice win. On to Cleveland. About time.
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The question on my mind coming into this Cleveland series is...

Will the Bulls be fully committed to abusing Lebron the PF in the post consistently? To me, it doesn't matter if they lose Game 1 by stagnating their offense pounding it down low every single possession and making Lebron work. They have to wear him down throughout this series to win. No better time to start than the first quarter of the first game.
They could just have Lebron guard Noah if they wanted.. Noah's not really capable of taking advantage of that matchup and scoring underneath (at least not consistently). I agree that we're going to have to take advantage of them in the frontcourt, but I don't know about the "go at Lebron" strategy.
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They could just have Lebron guard Noah if they wanted.. Noah's not really capable of taking advantage of that matchup and scoring underneath (at least not consistently). I agree that we're going to have to take advantage of them in the frontcourt, but I don't know about the "go at Lebron" strategy.
If they put Lebron on Noah, Thibodeau needs to adjust by giving alot more minutes to Taj, Mirotic, Gasol. Taj and Gasol will definitely make Lebron work in the post. Mirotic can't do this yet, but will at least keep Lebron out by the 3-pt line. I only see Noah being effective in this series to the extent he's assigned to defending Mozgov and Thompson, who are both near the basket type players. Once the Cavs start going small, it could get really tough playing Noah & Gasol together. Noah just can't move quickly how he once did.
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If they put Lebron on Noah, Thibodeau needs to adjust by giving alot more minutes to Taj, Mirotic, Gasol. Taj and Gasol will definitely make Lebron work in the post. Mirotic can't do this yet, but will at least keep Lebron out by the 3-pt line. I only see Noah being effective in this series to the extent he's assigned to defending Mozgov and Thompson, who are both near the basket type players. Once the Cavs start going small, it could get really tough playing Noah & Gasol together. Noah just can't move quickly how he once did.
Thibs is a good enough coach to deal with Lebron guarding Noah. He will will run sets in which Lebron is forced to switch a lot. Noah can also still move a bit, so the Bulls can run Lebron off of picks. Then rotate Noah to the bench and run the other bigs at Lebron.

More importantly, the Bulls need to take advantage of their depth and run a lot of bodies at Lebron on defense. I do not want to see Jimmy on him all of the time because it may sap some of Jimmy's energy for offence. Run Snell, Gibson and even Dunleavy at him. Snell had some success against Lebron earlier in the season. Also, hopefully the absence of Love to allows the Bulls to double team more often.
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Bulls win! Bulls win!

The first game of the series against Lebron and the Cavs was great! The Bulls pulled out to an early lead but the Cavs kept coming back. However, in the end, the Bulls were able to put away the win.

Go Bulls!
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Bulls win! Bulls win!

The first game of the series against Lebron and the Cavs was great! The Bulls pulled out to an early lead but the Cavs kept coming back. However, in the end, the Bulls were able to put away the win.

Go Bulls!
I can't get excited yet. In the Rose era this will be the fourth time we've faced Lebron in the playoffs. We always win one game, usually Game 1 in a blowout, but lose every other game. Lebron has to have the confidence that his team can still beat the Bulls and that all Cleveland needs to do is make some adjustments. I won't get excited until we win a second game.

Good win nonetheless. I'm just cautiously optimistic!
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I can't get excited yet. In the Rose era this will be the fourth time we've faced Lebron in the playoffs. We always win one game, usually Game 1 in a blowout, but lose every other game. Lebron has to have the confidence that his team can still beat the Bulls and that all Cleveland needs to do is make some adjustments. I won't get excited until we win a second game.

Good win nonetheless. I'm just cautiously optimistic!
On that same train. Don't trust that LeBron's dead until they're eliminated.
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I can't get excited yet. In the Rose era this will be the fourth time we've faced Lebron in the playoffs. We always win one game, usually Game 1 in a blowout, but lose every other game. Lebron has to have the confidence that his team can still beat the Bulls and that all Cleveland needs to do is make some adjustments. I won't get excited until we win a second game.

Good win nonetheless. I'm just cautiously optimistic!
This comment x 100...Bulls played a great game, especially Rose who was masterful controlling the tempo and creating space for his teammates. BUT...if not for exploiting the pick & pop with Gasol in the 2nd half, I am pretty sure we would've lost this game. The Cavs are definitely going to change up their D to counter that. If the Bulls can't handle the adjustment (we've seen it before), the Cavs could easily win the next 2-3 games. Not to mention, the Bulls were really hitting on their jumpshots all game (50% shooting) which is above the norm, and it was still pretty close at the end. Let's just say I have guarded optimism...happy to see the Bulls take advantage of an opportunity, but still a LONG ways to go to win the series.
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Can we win a second game? We got thoroughly dismantled in Game 2. It wasn't even close the whole way through.
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Can we win a second game?

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Bad loss tonight in Game 2...This just shows what Cleveland is capable of when they're clicking. Even without Love or JR Smith, they can just pour on the points. At full strength I had the Cavs winning in 6 at most, maybe even 5. Without Love I've predicted a 50-50 chance either way which I stand by. Boy, does Thibodeau stick to his rotation though. Felt like he just wouldn't take his starters out in the 1st quarter even though they were getting blown out.

Crazy how Iman freaking Shumpert is shooting the ball these first 2 games. They might as well just had JR Smith playing, at least Smith doesn't play great defense.

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time to unleash mirotic and snell.
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Thibodeau really needs to do this...I think we'll lose the series if he doesn't do something creative that forces Cleveland into a state of constant adjustments. To get creative, you've gotta utilize your bench more than he has the first 2 games. Mirotic is a mismatch waiting to happen, yet he doesn't get more than 5 minutes of burn, nor any significant touches. In the meantime, Noah is playing terrible and they are just flat out ignoring him defensively which is making things harder for the other 4 guys on the floor. Noah's minutes need to seriously get cut down. He just isn't effective right now.
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