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If this game wasn’t enough for the Bulls to put a shooting guard at the top of their shopping list for the offseason, then Tom Thibodeau will continue to hear criticisms on starting Keith Bogans.
The Pacers' defense looked just like the Bulls. Indiana clogged the lanes, played the helpline, rotated quickly, and played the boards aggressively.
Josh McRoberts, Tyler Hansbrough, and Jeff Foster got physical—way too physical—down low. They played dirty, sticking an elbow or a hand in the faces of whomever chose to drive into them, forcing the Bulls to take outside shots.
The Bulls’ most versatile shooter, Luol Deng, struggled to come alive when the Bulls needed his offense the most. As Mr. Consistency, Deng went cold in Games 2 and 4, shooting below 40 percent.
As for Mr. Offense, Carlos Boozer struggled throughout the series. The big bulk of cash who should be putting 20 points on the board was not doing his job, especially when it mattered the most.
The Bulls needed scoring, but couldn’t get it in the paint.
Derrick Rose has taken criticism as the favorable MVP candidate for his poor shooting percentage. When the Pacers took away his driving lane, Rose started jacking up three's.
The shots that people may remember the most are the ones he hit at clutch moments, but the truth still does stand—Rose does put up a lot of shots, and he took plenty of three's when they weren't necessary.
The Bulls relied on Kyle Korver too much in the fourth quarter, and there's no doubt that every team will devise a defensive plan for him.
Life would be much better for the Bulls if Bogans could have the night he had in Game 5, when he miraculously scored 15 points. That seems like 15 more than what he averaged all season.