The Chicago Bulls were the number one seed coming into the NBA Playoffs and made it to the Eastern Conference Finals, carried by the play of the league’s MVP Derrick Rose. But in this series the Chicago has blown leads going into the 4th quarter in games four and five due to turnovers and too many empty possessions down the stretch of games. There is enough blame to go around and I will share my thoughts on who and why deserves it.
Derrick Rose: His play in this series just wasn’t good enough. Yes he didn’t have enough help and the Heat keyed in on him, forcing him into taking bad shots late in the shot clock, Rose made bad decisions with the ball and turned it over too much. His averages for the series were: 23.4 ppg, 6.6 apg, 4.0 rpg and 3.8 turnovers while shooting 35% from the field and 23% from three. Bottom line is this, he is the best player on the team and the Bulls has too many possessions in the 4th quarter where he turned the ball over, took a bad shot, or didn’t get a shot for a teammate.
Carlos Boozer: Early in the season I said Chris Bosh was the most overrated player in basketball and a fraud. But now that title belongs to Carlos Boozer. He was damn near a complete no show in the playoffs and I wouldn’t be surprised if a warrant is out for his arrest, as he has been stealing wages throughout the entire playoffs. The Bulls signed Carlos Boozer to a 85 million dollar contract in the offseason expecting him to be the piece that would take pressure off of Derrick Rose, give the team a legit scoring option in the post and take this team to the next level. For a player getting paid what he is and being a 2-time All-Star his not being able to be relied upon in the fourth quarter of games is a joke. His career playoff averages of 18 ppg and 12 rpg were no where near the garbage he posted this playoffs(12.7ppg and 9.7 rpg).
Tom Thibodeau: In game five the Bulls blew a 12 point lead with about 3 minutes left to play, and during the whole fourth quarter center Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer was on the bench. Yes in the playoffs they had won games with the bench playing major minutes to end games, but this was an elimination game folks. You had your best defensive big man and rebounder on the bench and your supposedly 2nd best scorer and post option on the pine while Miami made and 18-3 run to steal game 5 and win the series. This was a mistake from a rookie coach and one he will learn from hopefully. Yes Kurt Thomas had 4 points and 7 rebounds in the fourth quarter, but he’s 38 years old and hadn’t played in the previous eight playoff games.
Chicago is a young team, has a first year coach and it was their first time back to the conference finals since the 97-98 season. They have the MVP in Derrick Rose, but they just weren’t talented enough and couldn’t close out games. I don’t know what they can do to get better, Derrick Rose needs help though…..BOTTOM LINE.