Now that’s a piece of me.
Thee Oh Sees - “If I Stay Too Long”
…really enjoying Castlemania
Sorry for the decline in posts lately, folks. But my weekend hours are ever increasing and stretching out into the week. And that’s night hours. So I’m not getting to catch that many live games, plus the NBA playoffs releases only certain games on iTunes and it’s almost always a week too late.
So, I hope to get to my own writing and pointing out other important facts, stats, photos, highlights, links, stories, etc. very soon.
Until then, DAAAAAA BULLS.
Bulls drop Gm 1 to Atlanta 103-95. Rose 24pts 10ast.
Tough night for D Rose 41 min 0FTA. He’ll be back.
Looked like rose tweaked that same sprained left ankle stepping on jamals foot as he was dribbling out hawks win.
BIG NUMBER = 0: Amount of FT attempts for Derrick Rose in Game 1 vs. the Atlanta Hawks. That’s after averaging 14 in wins vs. the Pacers.
Also, after the game, he claimed his ankle was fine.
Maybe Joe Johnson is worth over $16 million this year. After monday night’s performance, Hawks fans think so.
Johnson score 34 points on 12-of-18 shooting including all five three-point attempts. His hot touch led the Atlanta Hawks to a 103-95 win to take a 1-0 advantage over the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Bulls had no answers on defense and just a few on offense. Although starting a bit cold, Derrick Rose finished with 24 points and 10 assists. Luol Deng had a superb performance to the tune of 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting, but made just 4 points in the second half. And it may be Deng who is the next to guard Johnson.
But the worst part may have come in the final seconds. Derrick Rose appeared to have tweaked his ankle after stepping on the back of Jamal Crawford’s foot after the game was basically over.
During post-game news conferences, Rose maintained that his ankle was fine.
Down 6 midway through the 3rd, the Hawks went on a tear with seemingly little effort. When the shots are falling, they’re falling. And in the fourth quarter, the Hawks shot 57% and outscored the Bulls, 31-24. led by Johnson’s blah.
Overall the Hawks shot 51% on the night that saw Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau accept his NBA Coach of the Year award. An award he won mostly due to his defensive philosophy.
But the Bulls reputable defense wasn’t up for the challenge. While the lapses were rare, they were significant. On the other hand, the Hawks seemed to have the right mojo for even the ridiculous shots to fall.
King of tough shots, Atlanta’s Jamal Crawford scored 22 points, including a couple of athletic fadeaway jumpers in the 2nd quarter.
Despite leading the league in rebounding, the Bulls lost the category Monday night 38-37 to the Hawks, who came in 26th in the regular season.
Quietly, and almost inconsequentially, Carlos Boozer, had his best night of the postseason, totaling 14 points (6-11 FGs) and 8 rebounds. Most of which came early in the 3rd. Boozer was a game-time decision, and played despite a turf toe.
Game 2 will be back at the United Center Wednesday night on TNT. Tipoff is 7:00 CT.