Chicago Bulls 95, Atlanta Hawks 83: Game 5 Reaction, Analysis, Stankonia

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83% of game 5 winners in a NBA Playoff series, when the series was tied 2-2 heading in, have gone on to win the series. Great news for the Chicago Bulls, bad news for the Atlanta Hawks.

-Was there a Taj.O web redemption in game 5? Maybe?

Taj Gibson had 11 points – all in the fourth quarter. Derrick Rose also scored 11 in the fourth to close it out, as the Bulls dominated the Hawks 26-15 in the final stanza. But Gibson had a whopping 2 rebounds (that’s 2 more than a dead guy) to go with his 0 (that’s the same amount as a dead guy) in game four.

-So when you start your “Rise of Taj” jokes/headlines remember this 1.) that reference is cliche and unfunny, you sound like a douche. 2.) He’s not ready to supplant Carlos Boozer yet. He’s just a good bench contributor.

By Paul M. Banks

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MVP Derrick Rose’s Biggest Strength: Attacking the Rim

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Each of the two elite athletes to win the NBA MVP award for the Chicago Bulls had a special signature component in their game. For Michael Jordan, it was that deadly turnaround jumper. It was even deadlier when he added in the fade-away aspect and he seemed automatic from 14-20 feet with his j. It was a move kids all over Chicago, the USA, and the world use to mimic in their driveways.

For Derrick Rose, it’s his ability to get to and finish at the rim. It’s amazing, especially when you consider he’s only 6’3.” He’s able to consistently blow past people and score “in among the trees.” For much of the year, and especially in the playoffs, Rose has been Chicago’s “points in the paint.”

By Paul M. Banks

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Bulls vs. Hawks: NBA Eastern Conference Semis, Let’s Get it On!

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Are you excited for the NBA Playoffs? Are you enthused to see your #1 seeded Chicago Bulls advance past the Indiana Pacers and meet the Atlanta Hawks in the next round? This is crunch time, the big time!

Of course, this Monday, most of us are buzzing about something else.

There was a news story of note released Sunday night. You might have seen a little blurb, a tiny snippet here and there in the media about it. And it’s much bigger and more important than basketball.

But moving back to the United Center. A series with a truly fascinating storyline: point guard battle between original mentor (Kirk Hinrich) and mentee (Derrick Rose) isn’t actually going to happen after all. And the result could prove disastrous for Atlanta.

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Atlanta Hawks Bringing Momentum into Series with Bulls

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The Atlanta Hawks have a lot to feel good about as they upset the Orlando Magic in the first round of the NBA playoffs and reprise their role as the underdog in a round two showdown with the Chicago Bulls.

The Hawks have to be happy with the production they got from their two shooting guards, Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford. Crawford looked unstoppable at times as he averaged 20.5 points per game in the series—6.3 points more than his regular season average. Although he was held to just eight points in Game 5, Crawford scored 23 points or more in the first four games of the series and finished with a 19 point effort on Thursday.

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