NBA Playoffs 2011: Will Derrick Rose and the Bulls Beat the Hawks in Game 2?
Will the Bulls Beat the Hawks in the 2011 NBA Playoffs?
Derrick Rose just won the MVP, making him the youngest player in the history of the league to win the award. Congrats to him for his great success this season, but it all means nothing if he can't win in the playoffs.
Rose twisted his ankle late in game one, but he was full participant in Tuesday's practice. He and coach Thibodeau told reporters that he is fine, and will be a go for game two tonight in Chicago. That's music to my ears if I were a Bulls fan because without Rose these Bulls would be in big trouble.
Will Rose drive to the basket and create more plays in game two tonight? Or will he settle for jumpers again and go 2-7 from downtown and 11-27 from the field? Rose has to penetrate against the Hawks more often tonight.
Not many people are giving the Hawks credit. Most thought they didn't stand a chance in this series, and that they would get swept. It was huge shock this team went to Chicago and won game one, especially without Kirk Hinrich.
Head coach Larry Drew told reporters that these Atlanta Hawks want it more than in the past. Per ESPN:
A lot of people have written us off even before the series began, and we've been there before, Hawks coach Larry Drew said. Now that we've been in these situations enough times, we respond totally different to them. We don't listen to what's being said. We look at and pay attention to details now a little bit better than we have in the past. I do believe that this team is a little bit more hungry.
You have to love that if you're a Hawks fan. However, with Hinrich likely out for the whole series the Hawks will have to continue to play at a very high level.
Can Jeff Teague consistently give the Hawks close to 10 points and five assists per game? That will be the key for the Hawks this series, as well as trying to stop Rose. They know that is a near impossible task, which means they must shoot well every game.
Joe Johnson won't be going 5-5 from beyond the arc tonight, nor will he drop over 30 points. The Bulls know they can easily beat the Hawks, and they'll prove it tonight. Bulls win 99-89 tonight and even up the series.
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