From bad to worse for Boozer
Carlos Boozer tries to block the shot of Indiana's Tyler Hansbrough in the second half of Game 3. (Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune / April 21, 2011)
In the first half of Game 3 of the Bulls’ playoff series against the Pacers, Boozer managed only two points, same as the number of fouls he committed.
After contributing 17 points a game before, Boozer was lost early in Game 3. And he stayed lost. No rhythm, no touch, no nothing.
He ended up with four points and four fouls. Yeah, the Bulls won, but $80 million must go a lot farther if the Bulls are going a lot farther.
The Bulls’ pick-and-roll only encouraged the Pacers’ big men to double-team Derrick Rose, a big reason the Bulls had a ridiculous 12 turnovers in the first half. When the Bulls did react, they had no clue about spacing. This far into the season, and they still can’t figure that out?
Say this for Tom Thibodeau’s Bulls, however: They finally went away from that useless idea and committed only three turnovers in the second half.
Indiana put 6-foot, 6-inch Dahntay Jones on the smaller Rose, and it wore out the presumptive MVP. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said he didn’t think he made a mistake in not using Jones the first two games. Excuse me, but Rose went for 39 and 36 in Chicago, then struggled to a miserable 4-for-18 shooting and 23 points in Game 3, and not using Jones earlier wasn’t a mistake? I remember when they knew hoops in Indiana.
It looks like Jeff Foster attended the University of Stupid and graduated cum laude. To that point, I’m guessing the Pacers die in the fourth quarter because they spend so much energy gooning it up in the first three. Foster should’ve earned a flagrant for his UFC elbow to Luol Deng’s head in the third quarter, and he should’ve had another for a whack to Rose’s head earlier. Raffi Torres could learn from this idiot. But it wasn’t just Foster. A lot of the Pacers apparently felt dirty was the only way to beat good. They got that wrong, too.
I know it’s sacrilege to compare Rose to Michael Jordan, but is it OK to compare Kyle Korver to Steve Kerr and John Paxson?
Too early in the postseason? OK, how about the guy is Kerr and Paxson with training wheels?
And look at you, Keith Bogans, hitting all three of your three-point shots.
The Indiana bench outscored the Bulls’ subs 17-8 in the first half. Jeez, Josh McRoberts had nine on his own to outscore what was advertised as the best defensive group in the league.
Roy Hibbert and Tyler Hansbrough look like they attended Vlade Divac’s Big Floppers camp.