As I watched Game Five of the Bulls v. Celtics series, I was able to enjoy yet another outstanding game full of excitement. I was never able to pin point who would win the game until it was completely over, and I have a couple thoughts about what went on throughout the game.
Pierce Should Be Called "IceBlood"
He hit important shot after important shot even after a Comcast SportsNet color commentator earlier in the game stated that Pierce seemed "like an old man."
Pierce was anything but, as he hit three huge shots with a hand in his face each time.
The Bulls somehow refused to double him late in the game.
The Bulls Blew This Game
They had a double digit lead midway through the Fourth Quarter, and were able to lose it in one full minute.
Sure, the Celtics weren't at full strength, but neither were the Bulls.
Ray Allen fouled out, but the Bulls were also playing with an injured Ben Gordon.
You need to be able to play without excuses and put away a team when you have the opportunity.
The Bulls now go from being a game away from defeating the defending champs and moving on to the second round, to needing to win at home and then win Game Seven on the road.
The Officials Stole This Game from the Bulls
The Bulls were given absolutely no slack by the officials.
Not only were there a few fouls that shouldn't have been called against the Bulls, but late in the game the officials completely blew a call against the Celtics.
As the Bulls perfectly used Ben Gordon as a ploy, Brad Miller had a clean shot at the basket but was basically sucker punched by Rajon Rondo.
No flagrant foul was called.
So, instead of two shots and the ball, the Bulls were stuck with a regular shooting foul. Miller missed the first and failed in his attempt to intentionally miss the second and have his team grab the rebound.
The Celtics Lost My Respect Tonight
The C's were nothing two years ago, but after signing three All-Stars and having another come from within, they are starting to feel like the bully on the block.
The Bulls fought hard for everything.
They are going up against the defending champs, and they have been playing well as hell.
They definitely are a lot better than you expected.
Give them your respect, especially when they had your shoulders slumped and the series in their grasp.
You all have been there.
None of the Big Three had won a title before last season, so you know full well the struggles to get to the title.
The Bulls deserve your respect.
They don't deserve Kevin Garnett and Tony Allen yelling across the court when the Celtics finally take a decisive lead in the game.
Outlook on Game Six?
The Bulls should be able to pull out a win and force a Game Seven. This is one of those great series where you just know that these two teams will battle back and forth.
Will it be another OT thriller?
Will the Bulls win?
I think so.
I'm Joe W.