Game 6, in the Bulls-Celtics Series, at home at the United Center, and all the Bulls could do was lose by 22 points.
The Boston Celtics played a uniformly team game, nothing fancy, but strong fundamental, well coached professional basketball and thoroughly outclassed the hapless Bulls, 105-83.
Isaiah Thomas didn’t do in the Chicago Bulls. It was the coaching and solid team play of Boston. Avery Bradley scored 23 points and the team shot 48.8% from the field en route to a dominating performance. All five starters scored in double figures. Thomas only scored 12, but he didn’t need to score more. This game was over in the later stages of the first half as the Celtics took a double-digit lead and took the heart from the Bulls.
Boston lead 54-41 at the half and in the third quarter added 16 more points to the lead. The Celts led by as much as 30 in the late stages of the third quarter and this game was all but over.
The home crowd uttered some boos, which were not full-throated. Why waste the energy on a team that was so prone to disappoint?
Jimmy Butler scored 23 for Chicago. Dwyane Wade had a 1-10 night which was indicative of the game Chicago displayed.
They didn’t have it and couldn’t find it. Chicago looked like the tired team, the team with little energy and drive. They didn’t look prepared to win a critical game 6. Part of this has to fall on the coach for the lack of effort the team showed. This may have been the worst game of the season for the Bulls.
The fourth quarter could not have ended sooner. The Celtics had beaten the Bulls soundly. Almost the entire fourth quarter was garbage time. You certainly saw long faces on the Bulls bench. I wonder what the locker room looked like after the game.
I wouldn’t want to be there.