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It sounds cliché and simplistic, but the Bulls mantra all season long has been to outwork their opponent.
It’s the stable of the Tom Thibodeau regime.
They did not win 62 games this season because they shot the lights out every night.
They won because they did not take plays off and because they came flying out of the gate to overwhelm teams.
Anyone who watched Games 2 and 3 could tell that this will-to-win was not there for all 48 minutes. Miami is too talented to allow a consistent lead for the entirety of the game.
The Bulls have failed to be the aggressors at the beginning of the last two games and it has cost them at the close of these games.
This is the NBA playoffs. Intensity is the name of the game and it’s a game that the Bulls have dominated all season long.
There is no tangible way to express this other than the Bulls need to step up and have the biggest sense of urgency they have had all year.
Expect them to rise to the challenge and live up to their coach’s philosophy in Game 4. The Bulls are too proud of a group to let Miami work them up and down the court like they have been doing.
The time is now for this group to make their stand among the game’s elite teams.