The Bulls looked almost as clueless and bereft as the Knicks during the last minutes of their last two playoff losses. How does a team manage to lose a game by 3 that they were ahead by 12 in, with less than 2 minutes to go…?

A canal, a plan, Dallas.

Kevin Depew writes:

I'll have to look at the stats tomorrow, but my impression is that after all games in this series Bulls had a lead in the game for a large percentage of time in all games.

Pitt T. Maner III writes:

Perhaps more experienced professionals know how to pace themselves better over a series and within a game and always leave a bit of "dry powder" for when it is needed most. It might be interesting to review at what times key players were rested. To be able to play tough defense and shoot 3s at the end of a game indicates "fresh legs".

Let the youngsters go out fast, run and expend energy and compress the game outcome to the last quarter:

"Including the regular season, the Chicago Bullswere 53-0 when leading by double-digits in the fourth quarter. So, with only 3:14 remaining in Game 5, and the Bulls leading by 12 points a win appeared all but certain.

The Miami Heathad other plans though, finishing the game on an 18-3 run to advance to the NBA Finals for the second time in franchise history.

According to 10,000 simulations done by, the Heat had just a 1 percent chance of winning the game with 3:14 remaining."

Full article here.


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