Quick Reaction: Nets 110, Bulls 91 (Game 5)

MVP (Most Valuable Player): Brook Lopez once again led the Nets, posting 28 points and ten boards. Lopez also got to the line seven times, hitting six of those freebies. He was 8-11 on shots at the rim and 10-14 inside the paint. On everything else he was 1-6. The Bulls had been doing a solid job of keeping him away from the bucket, but not in Game 6.

LVP (Least Valuable Player): I feel like I’ve said it a lot this season, but with Derrick Rose out and Joakim Noah injured, the Bulls’ other “All-Star” needs to show up. Well, Deng hasn’t been there this series. Lu finished with 12 points on 6-14 from the field and 0-3 from deep. For the series, Deng is 1-18 from three point range.

Defining Moment: Gerald Wallace’s five points in 17 seconds with just over two minutes left in the game put it out of reach. Wallace hit a corner three and then stole an errant Nate Robinson pass and slammed home a breakaway dunk. Unfortunately he didn’t miss it like C.J. Watson did, and the Bulls hopes of another comeback were dashed.

X factor: The Bulls were allowing nine offensive rebounds per game in this series.Tonight they gave up 17 offensive rebounds and 24 second chance points. Chicago allowed the Nets to shoot 50 percent from the field—they can’t also give up 17 offensive rebounds and expect to win. C.J. Watson even had two O-boards.

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6 Responses to Quick Reaction: Nets 110, Bulls 91 (Game 5)

  1. Inception April 30, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    At this point, the series is a toss-up IMO.

    CHI will have to treat game 6 like a must-win, because in all reality, it will be.

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    Bill R. April 30, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    It’s certainly a toss-up if it goes to a Game 7, so yes, the Bulls need to get it done in Game 6. Soft effort last night on boards, on D, and for loose balls. If they play the right way, those things will get corrected and won’t happen again. These teams are pretty even, but I think the Nets can’t beat the Bulls when the Bulls are playing with full effort and discipline.

    Thibs will get this all fixed, and the Bulls will bounce back.

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    drew May 1, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    the bulls need to start Belinelli at PG and keep Nate as the 6 man. Butler will guard Deron williams and Belinelli would guard Joe Johnson or Gerald Wallace.

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