The Cavaliers win 94-73. Dellavedova scores 19 points, James scores 15 points and Thompson scoress 13 points, 17 rebounds. Butler scores 20 points and Rose scores 14 points for the Bulls. Cleveland wins East Semifinals Series 4-2. James on Cavaliers:
These guys work their tails off every single day when you guys are not around. Yes, I’m a little bit surprised because of how we’ve handled the postseason so far. These are first-timers right here (Dellavedova and Thompson) as well as Kyrie and Kev before the injury. They want to be good, they want to be great, and every single day they prepare the right way.
I do everything for my team, do everything for my teammates. I want these guys to be able to feel this moment. That’s what I came back here for. I’ve got four guys that never made the postseason that played a huge role on this team.
Coach Thibodeau on Bulls:
Yeah. Until they tell me I’m not, I expect to be here. That’s the way I’m going to approach it.
The Cavaliers win 106-101. James scores 38 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and three assists and Irving scores 25 points. Butler scores 29 points and Dunleavy scores 19 points for the Bulls. Cleveland leads East Semifinals 3-2. Irving on James:
I commend him for putting us on his back.
James on Game 5:
Yay. No turnovers! That was the first stat I was looking at after the game. I was trying to be efficient for my teammates and I was very efficient.
Gibson on ejection:
I was surprised (to be ejected). I really just tried to release my foot because as soon as I got up off the ground, I just felt somebody tugging on my leg.
Coach Thibodeau on James:
We were slow. He was quicker.
Cavaliers win 86-84. James scores 25 points,Mozgov scores 15 points and Smith scores 13 points. Rose scores 31 points, Butler scores 19 points for the Bulls, The East Semifinals Series is tied 1-1. James on win shot:
I was supposed to take the ball out. I told Coach there was no way I’m taking the ball out unless I could shoot it over the backboard and go in. So I told him, Have somebody else take the ball out.’ The play that was drawn up, I scratched it. I just told Coach, Just give me the ball. We’re either going to go into overtime or I’m going to win it for us.
Rose on James:
There’s nothing you can do about it. He hit a great shot. He’s a hell of a player. We just have to make sure that if we’re in that position again, just make sure that we force him out a little bit more or make someone else get the ball.
I thought the last two (games) could have gone either way. They’re hard fought. They’re a great team.
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.
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 113-106. Rose scores 34 points, Butler scores 24 points. Antetokounmpo scores 25 points and Khris Middleton scores 18 points for the Bucks. Chicago leads 3-0 the East First Round Series. Coach Thibodeau on Butler’s performance:
Jimmy set the tone for that.
Butler on Rose:
Playing with Derrick, he makes everything easier for everybody.
Middleton on Bucks loss:
We just got sloppy and stagnant.
It’s playoff basketball. I’m still trying to catch a rhythm. Sometimes I get winded. I catch a second wind and I come back good. But I can’t think about that.
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 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.