With Game 4 action rolling in, most teams are either trying to level the playing field or are trying to set themselves apart from their opponents or going for the win. The Chicago Bulls are in the former’s spot as they are set to face the Milwaukee Bucks in their home turf before they go to their enemy’s territory.
The Chicago Bulls started with their lineup of Alex Caruso, Zach Lavine, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Williams and Nikola Vucevic. The Milwaukee Bucks started with Jrue Holiday, Wesley Matthews, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bobby Portis and Brook Lopez.
With the opening tip, the Bucks went on a full-scale attack led by Giannis, Holiday and Portis. Knowing that their opponents had the support of the fans, the Bucks used their plays to silence the crowd. Zach Lavine fired all of his cylinders early in the game and kept attacking. But the rest of his teammates were lackluster in their attack due to the Bucks defense.
But Lavine cooled down in the 2nd quarter. The Buck’s defence was tight enough to fluster the Bulls offense. They were taking good shots especially Grayson Allen who bombarded the opponent with his 3s. The Bulls were not getting much of their possession into points and that led to them falling behind. The Bucks controlled the pace of the game and were leading 56-41 by the end of the 1st half.
With the 2nd half starting, the Bulls knew they had to make some kind of impact so they did not let themselves be bothered by the Bucks defense and they swung the ball to confuse the defense. It worked and they were getting their shots to fall.
Defensively, however, it was a different story as they were not able to contain the Bucks who let Giannis do the rampage. With Giannis attacking the paint, it opened up spaces for the shooters to make their 3s and they were successful in draining their shots.
The 4th quarter rolled in and for the Bulls that meant it was time for DeRozan, Mr 4th Quarter to mesmerize with his plays and takeover the game. Unfortunately, DeRozan could not replicate his performance from last game and the Bulls had no way to answer the Bucks.
Giannis led the game in scoring with a monster double-double of 32 points, 17 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 blocks. Grayson Allen came off the bench to showcase his sharpshooting as he put up 27 points and 3 steals going 85% from beyond the arc. Jrue Holiday added salt to the Bull’s wounds with 26 points and 7 assists.
For the Bulls, Zach Lavine did all he could putting up a double-double of 24 points, 13 assists and 5 rebounds. DeRozan had a rough night putting up just 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Nikola Vucevic underperformed just putting up 11 points and 10 rebounds. Patrick Williams came out with a double-double putting up 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Takeaways from Game 4
The Milwaukee Bucks bagged Game 4 with a scoreline of 119-95 in a blowout win. The Bucks are now 31 ahead and the next game is bound to happen in their territory. The Bulls are now at the end of a leash and they have their work cut out for them if they want to win.
DeRozan needs to step up to the plate and provide another Game 2 like performance. They need to tighten their defense and their role-players need to put some points on the board if they want to win. Else they can lie down and just get it over with.