The Cavaliers win 106-91. James scores 33 points and Irving scores 21 points. Butler scores 18 points, Rose scores 14 points and ten assists and Gasol scores 11 points for the Bulls. The East Semifinals Series ties 1-1.
James on Game 2 comeback:
It was in my locker and I decided to give it a go. It was time for it to make a comeback.
On Cavaliers injuries:
We’re a little banged up, we’re short-handed, so I have to be aggressive. Even more aggressive than my usual self, and I was happy I was able to make a couple of plays to help our team win tonight.
Irving on James:
There wasn’t one possession where he wasn’t dominant. When he has that mindset, he’s the greatest player playing our game right now.
The Bulls win 99-92. Rose scores 25 points, Gasol scores 21 points and Butler scores 20 points. Irving scores 30 points and James scores 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Chicago leads East Semifinals 1-0.
Rose on comeback:
I just appreciate everything. getting back on the floor, my fans, every aspect of basketball. It’s allowed me to change my life and my family’s life. I owe so much to this sport. I’m just trying to roll with it.
James on Game 1 loss:
We all just have to play better. I wasn’t that good tonight.
Butler on Rose:
Derrick was making the right plays every time.
You can’t get wrapped up in it. We’re going to have to play a lot better in the next game.
The Bulls win 120-66. Dunleavy scores 20 points, Gasol scores 19 points and Butler scores 16 points. Pachulia scores 8 points for the Bucks. Chicago wins series 4-2.
Dunleavy on Bucks:
They had some momentum in the series, won a couple in a row. We came out on their court and put it on them. That’s frustrating. If anybody’s been there before, that’s frustrating, and I understand that.
Coach Thibodeau on Bulls victory:
It looks a lot better when the ball goes in. The thing that you want to make sure of is, sometimes you don’t have control over when the ball goes in or doesn’t go in. If they are the right shots, you want to shoot them. You do have control over your intensity, your concentration.
It was definitely a tough battle all series. To just win like that is exactly what you needed. You go into the next series with a lot of confidence. We had to do a lot of soul searching this series.
The Bucks win 94-88. Carter-Williams scores 22 points and nine assists, Middleton scores 21 points. Gasol scores 25 points and ten rebounds, Butler scores 20 points and Rose scores 13 points for the Bulls. Chicago leads series 3-2.
Coach Kidd on Game 5 victory:
A lot of people look at it as house money. You can always talk about the future, but we don’t. We don’t really understand what the future holds for us. We’ve got to stay in the present. This is what this team has done all year. They haven’t looked at the future. They’ve just stayed in the present.
We believe that we can beat this team, and we felt that we shouldn’t be going home right now.
Gibson on Bulls loss:
They came into us, put us on our heels early, and we’ve got to battle back. very team is talented in this league. It comes down to execution and will. We just didn’t have it tonight.
Bucks win 92-90. Mayo scores 18 points, Dudley scores 13 points and five assists and Antetokounmpo scores ten points and eight rebounds. Butler scores 33 points, Gasol scores a double-double (16 points, ten rebounds) and Rose scores 14 points, six assists for the Bulls. Chicago leads East First Round Series 3-1.
Coach Kidd on Game 3 victory:
We thought we got better tonight. We found ourselves with a `W.
Bayless on Dudley:
I was curious. I just wanted to know, Are you going to look for this?.
Coach Thibodeau on Game 3 loss:
I’m not going to put it on that last play. There were a lot of other plays throughout the course of the game. When you turn the ball over like that you’re not going to have success.
Gasol on Bulls turnovers:
But that definitely didn’t lose us the game. Mistakes will happen – we just made too many of them throughout the game.
The Bulls win 91-85. Brooks scores 23 points, Butler scores 21 points and Gasol scores a double-double (18 points and 13 rebounds). Schroder scores 21 points and Horford scores 14 points for the Hawks. Gasol:
We have to want it more than anybody else. The resiliency that we have, we’ve got to turn it into a determination and understand that every game in the playoffs is critical.
Millsap on the Hawk’s performance:
We feel like we can really do something. It’s up to us going out there and proving it.
When you have a lot of moving parts, it can get choppy. We have to hit the ground running. We’re here now. We’ll see.
The Bulls win 89-78. Gasol scores a double-double (16 points and 15 rebounds), Aaron Brooks scores 14 points and Rose scores 12 points. For the Heat, Whiteside scores a double-double (19 points and 16 rebounds), Dragic scores 15 points and Beasley scores 13 points. Gasol:
Once we started getting into them, getting rebounds, containing them to one shot, things turned around.
Noah on Chicago’s first half:
It was embarrassing.
We’re all frustrated. We’re all embarrassed when you’re in those situations and you can’t stop an avalanche like that.
You just keep coming back until they tell you your season is over. This team has been through a lot. A loss, a bad 24 minutes, that’s not going to deter us from coming back and doing our job.
The Magic win 105-103. Oladipo scores 23 points, Vucecic scores 22 points. For the Bulls, Butler scores 19 points and Gasol scores 16. Rose:
I felt all right, think it was about right. It’ll get better the more I play, but I’m getting better every week. It’ll take some time, but I’ll get there.
On watching the game from the bench:
Very hard. At the same time, it’s all about patience. I’m going to have my turn. Right now while I’m not playing, I’m just trying to learning a little more and seeing how they’re playing. The only thing I can do is just sit back and watch and learn.
There’s no playoff but we’re trying to treat every game like a playoff game. There’s teams that we’re playing that are playoff seeds, but we’re trying to get better too.
The Bucks beat the Bulls 95-91. Carter-Williams scores a double-double (21 points and 10 rebounds). Paul Gasol scores 14 points and 11 rebounds, Butler scores 25 points and seven rebounds for the Bulls. Coach Kidd:
Any win, no matter at what point here or there, can help.
We didn’t win. That’s all that matters, No matter how many times you turn the ball over – yada, yada, yada – you’ve got to win the game.
You’re always concerned. You’re concerned about everything.