The Chicago Bulls have made this a series after stealing Game 2 in Milwaukee backed by a career-game from DeMar DeRozan and excellent defense led by Alex Caruso. Chicago’s win has evened the series at 1 and they very well could have a 2-0 lead after storming back but falling short in Game 1.
As the series shifts back to Chicago, the Bulls feel like they have a shot in this series and are starting to regain their form. And a meeting last week may have been the key to that.
Following the game both Billy Donovan and Nikola Vucevic pointed to a meeting on the first day after the regular season to help them prepare for whats to come in the playoffs:
Both Billy Donovan and Nikola Vucevic pointed to a meeting the first day after the regular season ended as a good mental exercise to prepare for strong week of practice as play-in games were played. That flipped the script.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) April 21, 2022
With an incredible defensive effort led by Caruso, who the Bulls are really going to need again in every remaining game, it sort of felt like the team we watched for the previous months before the struggles happened.
And after the game, Caruso himself talked about that via Rob Schafer of NBC Sports Chicago:
“We had a long season. We had a lot of adversity. It was almost a little bit of, we were just trying to start the playoffs already. We were kind of in a hole,” Caruso said. “But we got our spirit back. We talked to each other about the opportunity we had in front of us. It’s the playoffs. If you’ve gotta get up to play for the playoffs, you probably shouldn’t play. It just comes with the territory.”
Can the Bulls keep this up? That’s the biggest question going forward and if they do, they have a shot at upsetting the defending champions. However, Giannis and the Bucks won’t be an easy out even if the Bulls do win Game 3.
But things just got a whole lot more interesting in this series.
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