The top-seeded Chicago Bulls beat the Pacers 116-89 to end the series in 5 games. The Bulls dominated the third quarter in last night’s game in the United Center and finally looked like the championship contender that they are supposed to be. They were led by Derrick Rose’s 25 points and Luol Deng’s 24 as the clinched the series and move on to take on the winner of the Orlando-Atlanta series. Keith Bogans also added 15 points on 5-7 shooting from 3 point range.
The Bulls won the first three games of the series in what were all tough battles. Indiana took game four at home, but could not muster up enough energy to bring it back to the Conseco Fieldhouse. Moving forward, the Pacers need to look to build around their young core players, while getting some scoring help for Danny Granger. I don’t think Granger is a legitimate number 1 scoring option, but their team will be able to win games if they find some offensive production.
The Pacers should also probably get rid of this guy…
As for the Bulls, they will look to come out stronger in the next round and to continue their stifling defense. What they really need is some consistent play from Carlos Boozer. Boozer was supposed to be the big free agent signing, but he has yet to show his old Utah Jazz form in the 2010-2011 season. He averaged 17.5 points and 9.6 rebounds, but he was not the 20-10 threat that the Bulls thought they were getting. He had 12, 17, 4, 15, 2 games (points) in the Indiana series which is not exactly stellar and also found himself in foul trouble. For the Bulls to make it to the Finals, he will need to step his game up.