Fri, May 27th 2011, 13:00
The Bulls unlikely 2010-11 season came to a stunning end Thursday night, perhaps fittingly, as it began. The 83-80 loss to the Miami Heat, who now go onto the NBA Finals to play the Dallas Mavericks, was as unexpected as the Bulls regular season as the NBA’s best team.
But in the end, the Bulls were not the most talented team, and not that the loss was improbable. Miami came into the series and even Thursday’s game favored. But the Bulls led by 12 points with 3:14 left after Ronnie Brewer made one of two free throws.
From there, it was such an astounding conclusion that even the main participants, and especially the ones who made it so, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combining for 16 points in the last three minutes in an 18-4 Miami finish, couldn’t recall what happened.
“We don’t even know what happened,” said Wade, who had slumped all series, but had 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter. “I’m not going to lie to you and say we do. I can’t remember all the plays. I just remember the timeout (with 2:04 left down 77-72) and coach (Erik Spoelstra) looked at us and said, ‘We’ve done this before.’”
“We don’t honestly know what happened,” said LeBron James, who had 12 of his 28 points in the fourth. “We know some big plays happened and we know we won the game. It went so fast.”
How’s that for breaking down the game?
“It was a blur,” said Carlos Boozer, and he was watching along with Joakim Noah as the Bulls went with a defensive oriented lineup down the stretch to avoid just what happened. “I don’t know. It seemed like we had the lead. We had decent shots. They played good D. ‘Bron hit a couple of shots. D. Wade’s four point play (to bring Miami within 79-76 with 1:30 remaining) was huge. It all was kind of a blur.”
But it put into clear perspective the Bulls season and where they go from here.
They are very good, but not good enough. They had to rely too much on Derrick Rose, who had 25 points and eight assists, but nine of 29 shooting. But they never truly established a second scoring option, which was apparent with Boozer sitting out the entire fourth quarter again.
How about this finish: All-Stars James, Wade and Bosh for Miami along with Udonis Haslem and Mike Miller, four potential scorers and a rebounder/hustler.
Compare that with the Bulls closers of Rose, Luol Deng, Brewer, Taj Gibson and Kurt Thomas. And so it was Miami four games to one.
Yes, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau went with what he felt was his best defensive lineup down the stretch, and it wasn’t a bad idea. After all, you figure with a 12-point lead with three minutes left they aren’t even going to score 12 points if you play your top defenders.
But Miami is going with three high powered scorers — Chris Bosh finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds and the two clinching free throws — and the Bulls are trying to match with two guys released last season, a backup and a strong role player, though Deng had a good game with 18 points and seven rebounds. But he had just two fourth quarter points.
And there’s one of the big issues.
The Bulls never could get Rose enough help, especially on offense, and so it looked like Rose failed down the stretch, the MVP supposed to carry the team and outplayed by James and Wade, or how the story will go.
“It was me,” typically accepting the blame. “Turnovers, I guess fouls, if you call it that. If anything, you just learn from it and just try to do better next year. At the end, I told you it’s on me. Everything is on me. Turnovers, missed shots, fouls. I wasn’t tired. I was just making dumb decisions, and it cost us this game. The series is over with.”
It will generally be viewed that way even to those who watched. It was not the case.
Pamela Williams | on 19/6/11
Hey Derrick Rose,
I’m a huge fan of yours….. Congratulations on being the youngest player in the NBA to recive the MVP.... ( That’s History)...May God bless you & the Chicago Bulls on ya’ll continued sucess in Chicago…... MY HOME TOWN!!! Keep up the good work..Chicago loves you!!
Zamar | on 15/6/11
Your my number 1 idol no matter what you might’ve lost in the eastern conference finals but you still tried your hardest your still the best u won MVP nobody but you you the hardest worker don’t worry about it you’ll haver a ring next season
kitty | on 15/6/11
hi,Derric,Im from Japan. When I fast watched u play basketball in NBA,Iwas so amazed.U re good at playing,but U always modest,and pretty handsome!! So Im a earnest fan of yours!! I always cheer for you in Japan.Good luck on next game !!
quennie grace | on 14/6/11
hey !! i’m a total avid fan of Drose and i really miss seeing him on tv… can’t wait for the next season!! go D.Rose!! hope that the bulls can make it to finals…!!:))
star | on 12/6/11
its my first time to watch NBA and i like it very much!! and this is because of you D.Rose!! i will wait for next year game and hope to see you in finals. go D.Rose!!
krizha marie / 14 y/o | on 12/6/11
guys, just wanna say ! no matter what happened i will always be a loyal bulls fan ! i know you did your best , & you guys really really did a good teamwork , but it’s just that miami heat has there bi three , and our team usually rely on D.Rose , but for D.Rose you dont need to blame yourself your a good player, & you deserve everything, i just hope you guys will improve your offensive & defensive , i’ll pray for you for the next play offs , lean from the past & take it as a challenge to work harder . goodluck guys , goodluck D.Rose , i will miss you .
ifrah | on 10/6/11
how he is a beast!
Karizza | on 9/6/11
hey derrick rose ! i’m totally one of your million fans and you’re my favorite basketball player, i know that it’s so hard to lose a game but don’t worry, it’s alright ! we’re all here to support you. i always watch you play with your team Chicago Bulls. I always shout and cheer your team when i’m watching your game on the television while i’m on our house. I do heart you and i’ll always be here to be your no. 1 fan. Always take care ! Loveyahhh :)))
izell | on 8/6/11
hey derrick rose whats up you and the bulls are still my fav team and thats forever i watched almost every game of this season i dont care if the bulls lost to me u guys r still the #1 team to me and one day i am going 2 be in the stands right behind u guy cheering u on.another thing one day i am going to be on the bulls court playing for the team
mariz sta. maria | on 5/6/11
hard to accept losing the game but hey were all here to support you and all the team bulls. hope you can do it next year,,
Katrina Arzadon | on 4/6/11
It wasn’t Drose’s fault at all. And hell yeah, he was tired. People shouldn’t blame him at all. He’s so humble that he evn blames himslef and denies the fact that he was tired. Drose is gonna get better. I believe in you Drose. Keep it up! :)
MsLadyT | on 2/6/11
Hi D. Rose,
I must say, I love your teamwork and the effort you made in each game that you played in the playoffs to make it to the finals. Although things did happened for you this season. You have my heart to make it to the end next season. You are a Magnificent Player and I only started watching the NBA Games again because of you. Smile Because You Are The Best Of The Best ;-)
KIMMIE KIM | on 31/5/11
D DO’NT BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF YOU DID A GREAT JOB. YOU ARE ONLY ONE PERSON. ENJOY BE HAPPY WE HAVE NEXT YR. I’M STILL A DIE HARD FAN. LOVE YOU MUCH.
mechille prado | on 31/5/11
hello Derrick Rose:)
Your my no.1 idol and it would never change!!! I really like you.
Your game was really amazing.Even though you not won the game, still your the best!!:)
michelle | on 31/5/11
for me your the best Derrick Rose!!!the important is, you all guys did your very best!!Actually this is my first time having an intest in basketball and thats the only time i got know you..swear!!im not kidding:) i like the way you played inside the ring, i like the spirit..hope i can see in person.:)
KenTaicha Anderson | on 30/5/11
Heyy Derrick Rose…I really like you!! Your the best in Chi-Town!! Ily!!
grace | on 30/5/11
i am a pilipino. hopefully you get here in philippines someday .. i’m too sad because you do not get the MVP .. GOD BLESS YOU ♥
mae anne lopez | on 30/5/11WELL .,, DONT BOTHER YOURSELF ,, !! YOU DID BEST .. YOUR NO.1 DUDE ..
— YOUR SMILE IS MAKE ME CRAZY .. ♦☺☻♦♥♠:))
jun liu | on 29/5/11
Never mind!I still favor you! Come on,next season!
cielo masujer | on 29/5/11
hi derrick i really2x like u oh my god im nervious hahaha hope ur visit in phil luv mhwua
apple jean aba | on 28/5/11
The Game 5,, was really a shocking game for me… I was really hoping that the Bulls got to win the Game ,, because they were leading the past quarters,,, but then again on the latter part of the 4th quarter I was so shocked that the Miami is running and happen to win the game… but then again that’s the game!! I still believe on Bulls’ spirit!! Congrats guys for doing your best!