Round 2, Game 2 Recap: Chicago Bulls vs Atlanta Hawks

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The Bulls didn’t want to go to Atlanta down 0-2. Mission accomplished with an 86-73 victory in game 2. The effort was better from tip-off and continued throughout which ensured that there would be no need for late game heroics this time around. The defense the United Center faithful  had become used to seeing returned after a sub-par first game. Atlanta followed up their 51% shooting performance by shooting 34% last night. The result was 73 points scored instead of the 103 they put up in game 1. Chicago also did a much better job on the glass than they did on Monday, when they were beaten 38-37, by grabbing 58 to only 39 for Atlanta.  These proved to be the two main factors that now have the series tied at 1-1 as the scene shifts to Philips Arena.

Joe Johnson played well, but not quite as well as he did in the first game. After going 12-18 for  34 points, he was held relatively in check with 16 in game 2. Joakim Noah made Al Horford’s night a frustrating one as he went only 3-12 from the floor, but he was the only one really hitting the glass having 14 rebounds and led the team in assists with 6. For the second straight game Josh Smith couldn’t find the touch from outside, and for some reason, continued to stay around the perimeter the majority of his time on the floor. Jamal Crawford didn’t have his usual impact off the bench, going only 2-10 from the floor, on the way to his 11 points. The biggest bright spot for Atlanta was the play of point guard Jeff Teague, who led the Hawks with 21 points, had 3 steals, and even 2 blocks and looks to be putting himself in a position to be in contention for the starting point guard spot next season.

Derrick Rose once paced Chicago with 25 points and 10 assists, but had to endure yet another off-shooting night going 10-27. In addition to the poor shooting, his 8 turnovers were more than both he and Tom Thibodeau would like to see. Joakim Noah had a double-double tallying 19 points and 14 rebounds. Luol Deng joined in on the double-double party with one of his own adding 14 points and 12 rebounds. Playing in pain, Carlos Boozer almost notched one of his own grabbing 11 rebounds to go along with 8 points. Chicago got little production from it’s bench as they combined to go 5-20 from the floor with previous game & series standout Kyle Korver having his worst shooting game of this year’s playoffs going 1-9 from the floor and 1-5 behind the arc.

Atlanta will most likely feel good about splitting the first two in Chicago now heading back to the “Highlight Factory”. The Hawks were 26-15 at home in the regular season and the Bulls were 24-17 on the road so something will have to give. Larry Drew will no doubt be hoping that his team regains the hot shooting touch they had in the first game. X-factor and enigma Josh Smith needs to play better and better ball movement is needed on the offensive end if the Hawks are going to make this a series. Larry Drew can’t be happy with Al Horford leading the team in assists last game.

With Carlos Boozer playing with an injury Joakim Noah may have to continue his increased output on the offensive end and Taj Gibson may be needed to log a  few more minutes to give Boozer breaks and contribute more than he has as well. Rose has done a good job finding his teammates, but he’s been struggling to find his shot. Defense may be the ticket to the Bulls taking this series if their production on the offensive end is limited like it was in game 2.

Game 3 is tomorrow night at 7:00 ET on ESPN.

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