Chicago Bulls Pull One Out On The Detroit Pistons
Posted by sportsmaven on May 13, 2007
Game 4 of the Chicago Bulls – Detroit Pistons playoff series was about one thing, and one thing only: Did the Bulls have any heart? I think the answer to that question was a resounding yes. As we have been reminded time and time again, no team in NBA history has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series. None, nada, zippo. Heck, teams with a 3-1 defecit have come back to win the series a total of 8 times in 162 tries. So, nearly impossible? Today’s 102-87 victory over the Pistons is a good start.
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Logic is telling me that the Bulls will meet their demise in Game 5 of this series, as the locale moves back to Detroit, but there is a growing part of me that thinks, “Someone has to be the first team to win a series being down 3-0, why not the Bulls?” So what will it take for the Bulls to win this series? Well, frankly, a miracle, but miracles do happen, but the Bulls need more. They need to:
1. Keep moving through the Pistons zone defense – The Bulls did this quite effectively today, but inexplicably, they stopped doing it during most of the 4th quarter. When they stopped being aggressive with their cuts, Detroit came back. Same thing happened in Game 3, and before we knew it, 19 point lead and the game were history.
2. Limit turnovers – The Bulls must drastically limit the amount of turnovers, with the main culprit being G Kirk Hinrich. Hinrich’s drive and dump passes have been sloppy, with the Pistons taking advantage to run their limited fast breaks. The Bulls did much better today in limiting the amount of devistating turnovers, and will need to continue this trend to have a chance.
3. Ben Gordon, Hinrich, and Luol Deng need stellar performances — not one of the three, not two of the three, but all three need to step up and lead for this team to have a chance. Deng dropped 25 pts. on the Pistons today with Hinrich and Gordon netting 19 each. If the Bulls can get the same amount of production from their Big 3, that will go a long way towards getting back in this series. If even one falters, go get the golf clubs.
4. Play with energy, emotion, and intensity for 48 minutes – this is the Tyrus Thomas rule, for he is the only Chicago Bull that has faithfully followed this rule whenever he steps on the court. The Bulls need to, at minimum, match the Pistons intensity and more like exceed their intensity and energy to have a fighting chance. The Bulls came out today and did that for most of the 48 minutes today. They will have to continue this trend to continue playing on…
5. Play for today, don’t look beyond today’s game — have to take it game by game, even quarter by quarter. Small victories, win each quarter. Look beyond any of that and y0u are dead in the water…..
So maybe the Bulls don’t have a chance, but maybe they do. Which team will show up in Detroit on Tuesday. The Bulls have nothing to lose at this point, so play all out and play hard. Don’t leave anthing on the court. That’s how you get back into the series. It’s not going to be easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is….