So earlier I wrote an initial reaction to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and the way the Bulls’ season ended was one that everyone involved would like to forget immediately. But the sting and bitter taste left from last night’s defeat shouldn’t tarnish what was a fantastic season for the Bulls.
A few words come to mind after watching yesterday’s game between the Bulls and the Heat: unacceptable…inexcusable…disheartening…disgusting…sickening. The Bulls weren’t going to come back and win the Eastern Conference Finals. Game 6 was going back to Miami, where the Heat have yet to drop one playoff game this year. But at least the series was going to be extended to give the Bulls a chance. But once again, when LeBron James and Dwyane Wade started flexing their muscles, Derrick Rose and the Bulls couldn’t get out of their own way.
Well the Bulls made a liar out of me in Game 4, though they certainly played better and played with heart and passion all four and a half quarters. Unfortunately, passion only gets you so far, and the Heat proved the more talented team and the one with more ammunition in what turned into a war of attrition. Joakim Noah returned to his defensive norms, and brought energy throughout the game. The Bulls simply were too gassed to compete at the conclusion of the contest, and some very questionable play-calling led to their defeat in overtime.