It is extremely hard to win a basketball game when you are out rebounded by 19, only make 33.8% of your shots, and you allow 14 extra possessions by way of the offensive rebound… Just ask the Atlanta Hawks. Much credit given to the Chicago Bulls defense, which stifled the Hawks offense all game long. In game 2 the Hawks were forced to settle for outside jump shots and unlike game 1, they didn’t make many. The Hawks only hit 13 of 50 shots from outside of 5 feet (26%).
Joe Johnson, after a big game 1, came back to earth to finish with 16 points on 7-15 shooting from the field.
Both teams came out tentative and settled for long jump shots early. The Hawks continued to stick to the ‘make Derrick Rose beat us from the perimeter’ strategy that they set before the series and it was effective as Rose missed 17 of his game-high 27 shot attempts and 7 out of his 8 shots from deep. They also forced Rose into 8 turnovers. Despite the poor shooting numbers, he finished the game with 25 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
“Shots I normally hit, they just didn’t fall tonight”, said Rose postgame. “The way that they’re playing me, I’m going to continue to shoot.”
As a team the Bulls shot poorly from the field as well. They held on to win due to a dominating performance on the glass and from what has become their trademark, suffocating defense.
“They came out and applied pressure,” said Jeff Teague, who had another great game starting for the injured Kirk Hinrich, scoring 21 points without a turnover. “They got up into us. They made every catch we got tough. They came on Joe, double-teamed him a lot. Kind of frustrated us as a team, because he got it going the first game.”
|A. Horford, C||44||3-12||0-0||14||6||1||6|
|J. Johnson, SG||42||7-15||1-2||5||1||2||16|
|J. Teague, PG||40||7-14||6-7||2||3||2||21|
|J. Smith, SF||36||4-14||5-7||6||3||4||13|
|M. Williams, PF||24||2-9||0-2||7||0||2||4|
|J. Crawford, SG||35||2-10||6-6||0||1||2||11|
|Z. Pachulia, C||8||0-1||0-0||2||0||1||0|
|D. Wilkins, SG||7||1-1||0-0||2||0||0||2|
|J. Collins, C||3||0-0||0-0||0||0||1||0|
|J. Powell, PF||1||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0|
|H. Armstrong, C||1||0-1||0-0||1||0||0||0|
|P. Sy, SF||1||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0|
|L. Deng, SF||46||6-13||2-2||12||2||2||14|
|D. Rose, PG||43||10-27||4-6||6||10||0||25|
|J. Noah, C||39||6-8||7-8||14||2||5||19|
|C. Boozer, PF||32||4-12||0-0||11||0||3||8|
|K. Bogans, SG||18||2-4||0-0||4||1||2||6|
|K. Korver, SG||18||1-9||2-2||2||2||1||5|
|T. Gibson, PF||16||1-3||0-0||5||1||0||2|
|R. Brewer, SG||11||1-3||0-0||2||1||0||2|
|C. Watson, PG||8||1-3||0-0||1||0||1||3|
|K. Thomas, PF||6||1-2||0-0||1||0||2||2|
|O. Asik, C||3||0-0||0-0||0||0||1||0|
Game Notes: The series moves to Atlanta for game 3 and 4, much to the delight of the Hawks, who not many expected to make it to the semifinals much less win a game.
“Nobody gave us a shot in this series,” Atlanta’s Josh Smith said.
“We’re the team that nobody talks about,” Jamal Crawford said after game 1.
Look for the crowd at Phillips Arena to be electric, as they were in the first round series against the Orlando Magic.
The Pressure is on the Bulls to win on the road as they failed to hold home court advantage.