This is an all important game 5 for both the Hawks and the Bulls. They say that 83 percent of the time, a team who wins the fifth game of a best of 7 semis series proceeds to the Finals. Thus, this game is very important. Derrick Rose didn’t waste any moment. He handled the ball in their every possession and he scored a lot. He only had 1 turnover on an 11 out of 12 field goal shooting. He scored 33 points and he dished out 9 assists. And, that’s why he is the reigning MVP of the NBA. He always goes hard and that’s what I like about him. As a result, they win game 5 with the score of … They now lead the best of 7 series 3 games to 2. The series will shift to Atlanta.
Aside from Derrick Rose who seemed like a Magician who found the small holes in the Hawks defense, the bench of the Bulls also made some significant scores for their team. One of them is Taj Gibson who came from the University of South Carolina Trojans. This young big man has been playing good prior to the arrival of Carlos Boozer. He was relegated to be a bench player but this didn’t break his momentum. As a proof, he scored 11 points which all came in the 4th quarter. If the Bulls win this series, Gibson should also be given proper accolade. Rose praised him and he said:
“Gibson is such a young player. He doesn’t know how good he is. He is big for us.”
Omer Asik was also a big factor in the Bulls’ defense. He’s always ready to bang bodies against their opponents. He made a great block against Josh Smith in the last 5 minutes of the 4th quarter. He is their anchor on the defensive side. This native of Turkey is very lucky. He was drafted in the second round by the Blazers, a team that has a lot of big men, and so he was traded to the Bulls who lack big men with Noah out because of an injury. Since then he had his luck rolling for him. He’s given enough playing time to show what he can do and he responded to their call. He’s important for this team in the years to come.
If the Bulls will go on to proceed in the Eastern Conference Finals, they will end a 13 year Finals drought which last happened during the time of Michael Jordan in the 1997-1998 NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Pacers. The fans of the Bulls have been waiting for this to happen again.
Here's the replay of the video highlights of this all important Game 5 between the Bulls and the Hawks.