Chicago Bulls-Boston Celtics: Game Six Analysis

Joe WillettSenior Writer IMay 1, 2009

CHICAGO - APRIL 30: John Salmons #15 and Brad Miller #52 of the Chicago Bulls celebrate a shot against the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 30, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Celtics 128-127 in triple-overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agreees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wow.  Wow.  Wow.  Wow.  I can say that a million more times and it won't capture the excitement I had last night after watching another great game in part of the most intense first round series of all time.

I think that I can say that with some confidence now, after three more overtimes were added on to an already record-breaking amount, and with one more game to go, I can't find any flaw in this series besides officiating.

But hey, don't you wanna hear what I think about last nights game, I mean, it was only the best game of the postseason so far.

Joakim Noah, where did you come from?

It seems like just weeks ago I was writing articles calling out your lack of production on all sides of the ball, now you and Tyrus Thomas both are making me eat an entire humble pie.

Where do you get off grabbing 15 rebounds last night and being the center piece of one of the Top 10 Bulls plays of all time?

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I'm not going to say I don't appreciate all of your production this series.  Hell, I'm loving it, but where was it all season.  At least you know the right place to step up.

D-Rose was so clutch...D-Rose collapsed under pressure

Derrick Rose was able to stuff a fade-away jumper with little time left to keep the Celtics from taking the game and the series.  It was possibly one of the most clutch moments of the series, going up against any of Ray Allen or Paul Pierce or Joakim Noah's moments.

However, he followed that amazing moment, which happened with about eight seconds left on the clock, was followed by Rose heading to the line to take two free throws to ice the game.

But he MISSED both free throws, leaving the C's open for one last second shot to take the game.  The shot missed, but the point remains that the Rookie of the Year collapsed under the immense pressure of an entire season on two shots.

Your afraid of Snowball!  Little Snowball!  He runs on batteries!

This quote from Seinfeld (great show) is used to describe Rajon Rondo after he threw Kirk Hinrich into the scorers table, then proceeded to back up...a lot...to stay away from Hinrich.

Hinrich is shorter, and, from the looks of the two side to side, much scrawnier than Rondo, I'm still trying to figure how Rondo could have been that scared of him.

However, the moment just added more emotion, as these two teams have battled on and on as each is unable to grab hold of this series.

It's funny how the game of basketball works, isn't it?

Brad Miller was the man who was dumped on after the Game 5 debacle.  After all, he couldn't even hit the rim to give the Bulls another shot to win the game on his second shot.  Don't forget his miss on the first one.

However, in Game 6, he was the hero.

Miller not only hit a big time three-pointer to put the Bulls within two in regulation, he then tied the game on the very next possession to tie the game and force the first overtime.

But Miller didn't stop there.

He was forced to the foul line in the second overtime with the Bulls up just one point and 0:16 on the clock.  Miller, now cold-blooded, made both free throws and put the Bulls up three.

But Miller didn't stop there.

Miller was forced to the foul line in the third overtime with the Bulls up just one point and 0:28 on the clock.  Miller, now cold-blooded, made both free throws and put the Bulls up three.

But that's not the full story.

Although Miller was in foul trouble throughout the overtimes, he avoided a sixth foul and hit his first eight shots consecutively before missing his first shot in the third OT.  He finished with 23 points on 8-9 shooting with 10 rebounds.

That would be an average game for an entire bench, but it's a great game for one player off the bench who was just looked at as the worst player of all time.

Ray Allen, how are you so good?

Seriously man?  I want to know how you can be 33 years old and play for an hour of playoff intensity basketball, scoring 51 points while you are at it and hitting clutch shot after clutch shot.

You do realize that Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Glen Davis combined for 53 points throughout this game, and they had a combined 103 more minutes than you right?

Then again, let me know how you can have a wide open three, nobody even close to you, and air-ball it?

Rajon Rondo, I have no respect for you anymore

Listen, Rondo is a great player, one of the better PG's in the NBA, but he has absolutely no place to follow up his bitch slap in Game 5 by throwing Kirk Hinrich in Game 6.

I touched on this in my intro, and had a little section about how he was obviously scared of Hinrich when he reacted the way he did, but I think that he really needs to cool it.

I realize that you were down pretty good at the time and you were frustrated, but man up and play the rest of the game, don't take it out on the weakest player on the team.  You no longer have my respect no matter what you do throughout your life.

What about Game 7?

Well, I saw one ESPN anchor say that he wouldn't be surprised if the Celtics blew out the Bulls, but after the way this series has gone, I will be more shocked if this game is a Celtics blowout than I will if the game goes four OT's this time.

This series is way to good to end on a sour note, and I expect both teams to fight until the end.  After watching the Bulls resolve and their lack of resolve in Game 6, I have come up with my decision.

The Bulls will win this game, in overtime.  I'm not sure how many overtimes will be needed to end this series, maybe they will just play on forever, neither team able to win an overtime period, but I gotta give the Bulls credit.

As for the rumors of KG coming back for Game 7, I've gotta say, not going to happen.

I'm Joe W.

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