The Chicago Bulls just made things harder for themselves. The Bucks held the Bulls in check, and the Bulls committed 28 turnovers, 8 from G Derrick Rose to allow Milwaukee to squeak by the Bulls on a beautifully executed layup at the buzzer.
Jerryd Bayless received the great inbounds pass from Jared Dudley and faked out Rose to score the winning basket at the buzzer.
Milwaukee, which has been a thorn in the side of the Bulls all playoffs, won its first such game in 5 years. Yes, Jason Kidd can coach.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau summed up his team’s play. “We beat ourselves,” said the embattled head coach. Rumors are swirling about that Thibodeau and the Bulls will part ways after the playoffs. If this series continues on in favor of the Bucks, surely that will be the outcome.
The Bucks play well defensively and have size and athleticism. Jabari Parker, the former number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft will return to the Bucks after his knee heals from ACL surgery. But the Bucks are not to be confused with the Memphis Grizzlies or the Atlanta Hawks.
The Bulls shot 48% from the floor on the road and lost the game. How rare is that? Because Chicago could not hold onto the ball. Rose was stripped of the ball in several key moments which stopped possessions. The last two days, people were bringing up MVP form when talking about Rose. That may be premature.
The Bucks bench came through and O.J. Mayo scored 18 points to pace Milwaukee. Mayo looked like a young NBA guard at times, and in other moments, he resembled HOF Reggie Miller out there.
And this team beat the Bulls? 28 miscues did them in. Thibodeau mentioned his team had a lot “of work to do” before the next game.
Jimmy Butler scored 33 points for Chicago. Pau Gasol, who looked tired at times on the court, tallied 16 points. Rose only had 5 points until the 4th quarter when he scored 9 more. Nilola Mirotic saw action and only scored 5 points. It wasn’t enough.
Too many mistakes did the Bulls in.