It wasn’t Dwyane Wade’s proudest moment. Late in the first half, the Bulls guard got the ball on a breakaway, split two defenders, and went up for the dunk. The ball clanked off the rim. Not the back of the rim — the front of the rim.
Thomas and Butler are clearly the two best players in this series, and they’ve proven why Cheap Jordan Jerseys China they are All-NBA talents this season. What’s given the Bulls the edge through two games is other players on the roster have stepped up. Bobby Portis gave them a huge lift in Game 1 with 19 points off the bench on 8-for-10 shooting. In Game 2, Rajon Rondo put on a vintage performance with 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds while Wade chipped in with three 3-pointers en route to 22 points and Lopez scored 18 points on 11 shot attempts, many Cheap Kids Baseball Jerseys of which came from midrange. Then there was Paul Zipser, who was the hero off the bench in Game 2 with 16 points in 28 minutes.
Thomas hasn’t had anywhere near the same contributions from his teammates yet, which brings us to the next point.
Knowing everything runs through Thomas, the Bulls are showing him the respect he deserves when he has the ball in his hands. Every time Thomas comes off a pick-and-roll, for example, he’s met by Lopez far beyond the perimeter in an effort to take away the pull-up 3-pointers he made at a 36.7 percent clip during the regular season. Swarming him in that way also encourages him to give the ball up earlier than he’s used to and forces other players to become playmakers. That can lead to careless turnovers…