Derek Rose vs. Jeff Teague?
Bulls Not as Good as a 62-20 team should be?
Ok, everyone understands that a Number 1 seeded team might struggle in the first round of the playoffs against an 8 seed. Lets be realistic, until the San Antonio Spurs lost, no one ever really thought an 8 seed would have a chance. So it is understandable, to many, why the Chicago Bulls showed signs of struggle against the Indiana Pacers in round 1. They just under estimated their opponents, right?
No one, however, thought this “fluke” of sluggish and somewhat unskilled play would continue in round 2 against the Atlanta Hawks…
Derek Rose vs. Jeff Teague, THE MVP vs. wait…who is Jeff Teague?!
For those of you who have never heard the name before, as I expect many haven’t, Teague is a second year point guard out of Wake Forest who was getting his first start in his playoff career. Yes Teague only scored 10 points and he will not be on the next All-Star team from this performance, but his impact on the game will definitely be remembered by both the Atlanta Hawks and the whole city of Chicago. Teague also added 5 assists to his stat line, but most importantly he only had ONE turnover. Playing possibly the best defense in the NBA, he only lost the ball one time!
On the other side of the ball, Teague held Rose to 24 points on 11-27 shooting. This brings me to my final question, can the Bulls win if Rose doesn’t put up big numbers? Is their supporting cast really that good, or good at all? Rose twisted his ankle again in the final minutes of the game, so who really knows where the Bulls stand now and if they are the favorites or now the underdogs of these playoffs.
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