Bulls Bleed the Bucks Even
Well, hello again, Chicago. Oh, how've things been, you ask? Considering the Bulls just made every Milwaukee fan eat crow last night and bury all of their "Bucks in 4!" signs in their backyards and won our first playoff game in 5 years, I'd say things are pretty sky-high at the moment. That's right. The Chicago Bulls marched into Deer Country after going 0-4 in regular season and 0-1 in the playoff series and glued the mouths shut of everyone who ever thought the color green was a good idea for a franchise (looking at you too, GB).
Before Game 1 of this series, the Bulls weren't only completely disregarded as competitors, but they weren't even seen as visible specimens in the arena of professional basketball. And in case you can't tell that made me and a few million other Bull's fans rather heated. But the evidence was there if you knew where to look. (Most didn't). Game one of the regular season against Milwaukee was a grinding campaign. We led two out of four periods, losing 90-94. Next match-up, we tied one quarter, led another, and lost two going down 118-112.
We didn't lead any quarters in the last two games of the season, and we lost by a significant margin. We were also on a severe and uncharacteristic skid that the Bulls haven't experienced theentire season. Guess when that skid ends and the tempo changes? Guess when the Bulls became the Bulls again? Playoffs.
Everyone loves to pretend to forget this about basketball, but once you hit post-season, you're given the needlepoint pen just thin enough to hit the restart button that brings you right back to your most vital point. And that's exactly what the Bulls did. With rest and with time, we reset back to a much earlier season mentality, and that's where we are going to stay throughout the playoffs; that's the Bulls that everyone seemed to have forgotten about. A Bulls team to run from. A team that walks into the house of the reigning NBA Champions with the Greek MVP sitting pretty in the booth and kicks the stool out from under their feet.
Good Guy Stats:
Game 1 – L:86-93
N. Vucevic: 39 MIN / 9-27 FG / 17 REB / 3 AST / 24 PTS
D. DeRozan: 43 MIN / 6-25 FG / 6-6 FT / 8 REB / 6 AST / 3 STL / 18 PTS
Z. LaVine: 37 MIN / 6-19 FG / 4-4 FT / 10 REB / 18 PTS
Game 2 – W:114-110
D. DeRozan: 44 MIN / 16-31 FG / 9-9 FT / 7 REB / 4 AST / 41 PTS
N. Vucevic: 36 MIN / 10-18 FG / 4-8 3PT / 13 REB / 24 PTS
Z. LaVine: 43 MIN / 7-13 FG / 3-4 3PT / 3-4 FT / 20 PTS
Bad Guy Stats:
G. Antetokounmpo: 34 MIN / 10-19 FG / 1-4 3PT / 6-11 FT / 16 REB / 27 PTS
B. Lopez: 32 MIN / 7-14 FG / 1-5 3PT / 3-4 FT / 5 REB / 18 PTS
J. Holiday: 39 MIN / 6-16 FG / 1-4 3PT / 2-2 FT / 6 REB / 6 AST / 15 PTS
G. Antetokounmpo: 40 MIN / 11-20 FG / 11-18 FT / 18 REB / 9 AST / 33 PTS
B. Lopez: 35 MIN / 9-15 FG / 3-6 3PT / 4-4 FT / 5 REB / 25 PTS
K. Middleton: 33 MIN / 6-11 FG / 5-7 3PT / 1-1 FT / 5 REB / 8 AST / 18 PTS
Wake up, Milwaukee. The Bulls just showed up adorned with the trappings of every shining moment we had this season. Go ahead, Giannis, keep dancing your matador promenade straight to the line 1000 times a night, and we'll still find a way to make you pay. I don't care how many rally towels you wave in front of our face; a Bull will always find you at your most unsuspecting moment and pummel you.
Horns higher than ever, Chicago.
-RM Kamm (IG: @rmkamm.wrote / Twitter: @RM_Kamm)