To be honest Game 3 at United Center was very winnable for the Chicago Bulls. Please don’t use the Rajon Rondo excuse. Rondo wasn’t needed. We just didn’t play defense. We started the first quarter flat, and came out in the second half flat. That’s why we lost.
Bulls don’t have a reliable point guard. They sorely lacked a play maker. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg was forced to turn to Jerian Grant and Michael Carter Williams, who combined for eight points and three assists on 3-of-10 shooting. One of the simplest adjustments Fred Hoiberg can make in Game 4 is to start a lineup without a traditional point guard. Start Paul Zipser in place of Grant and let Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler shoulder most of the ball-handling duties. So the lineup would be Butler/Wade/Zipser/Mirotic/Lopez.
Jimmy Butler scored 14 points on 7-of-21 shooting, missed all four 3-pointers he attempted, didn’t get to the free throw line once in 39 minutes of playing time, and finished a game-worst minus-27. Bulls can’t close this series out without Butler being the elite, two-way player. Expect a way better game from Jimmy on Sunday. Bulls still lead the series 2-1, but they Sunday is a must win game for them. They have to show up. Go Bulls.