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After stealing a game from the Bucks in Milwaukee, the Bulls traveled back to the United Center with the series tied 1-1.

When the Bulls and Bucks traveled to Chicago, the Bucks exposed many of Chicago’s biggest flaws.


In game 1, the big three for both teams struggled, making it a defensive showdown. Whichever team made the most stops at the end wound up winning the game. That team was the Bucks, who won 93-86.

DeMar DeRozan put on a clinic in game two, scoring 41 points. The Bulls led for most of the game and ultimately took game 2 114-110.

In addition, Bucks’ star Khris Middleton injured his hamstring in game two, potentially giving the Bulls more hope to pull off the upset.


Nothing went right for the Bulls in game three. The offense came out extremely cold in the first quarter, silencing the crazed fans that hadn’t seen playoff action in five seasons.

The Bulls trailed by 16 points after the first 12 minutes. The Bulls’ big three struggled, and more flaws became apparent during the first half. Grayson Allen, the most hated player by most Bulls fans, dominated at the United Center. Allen led all scorers in the game with 22 as the Bucks’ bench continued the dominance the Bucks’ starters put on the Bulls. The Bulls played a solid second quarter overall, but the Bucks’ lead was too big to overcome. The Bulls were outscored by 12 in the third quarter and trailed by 31 points starting the fourth quarter. Boos flooded the United Center as the first playoff game in Chicago was a monstrous 30-point blowout, 111-81.


Game four didn’t go much better for the underdog Chicago Bulls. Since Middleton went down, the Bucks established a new big three: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday, and Grayson Allen. Those three combined for 85 points in another blowout loss at the United Center.

Grayson Allen dominated in the first half again, making a few tough-contested three-pointers. Unlike game one, the Bulls kept it close in the first quarter and trailed 25-22. However, the second quarter was a completely different story, as the Bulls were outscored 31-19 and trailed by double digits at halftime again. Allen dominated in the second quarter for the second game in a row and finished with 27 points.

DeMar DeRozan, Zach Lavine, and Patrick Williams scored 20 points in the loss as the bench provided few points. Vučević added 11 points of his own.


Photo/ Rob Schaefer via NBC Sports ChicagoAlex Caruso exited game four with less than two minutes left in the first half. Caruso was elbowed in the face and is now being examined for a concussion, making his status for game five in Milwaukee unknown.

“It wasn’t really necessarily a flagrant play at all,” Donovan said. “[Caruso] just got caught up in a screen there going for the ball, and he got hit pretty good.”


The Bulls found out the hard way where their issues lie. Lonzo Ball’s absence hurt for many reasons, especially his defense and consistent deep shot.

The Bulls need more consistent shooters who can be relied upon when players like DeRozan and Lavine are double-teamed. In addition, the Bulls lack size, and this series proved it more than any other point this season. In game three, the Bucks outrebounded the Bulls 55-43. In game four, they were outrebounded 51-43.


The Bulls play game five in Milwaukee on Wednesday. The Bulls need to play just as well as they did in game two to stay alive.

DeRozan and Lavine need to make and create shots despite the Bucks’ double teams. It’s a daunting task for this Bulls roster, but they did it earlier last week, they can do it again.

The Bulls need to be the hungrier team at Fiserv Forum, just like what the Bucks did at the United Center.

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