The Bulls’ playoff series with the Celtics might be even at 2-2, but the Bulls have won the battle of stupidity in a rout.
The way they have all season with some of the things they do and say.
This time, it was Dwyane Wade admitting that the Bulls are embarrassing.
No, he didn’t use the word “embarrassing," but connect the dots, people.
Wade said the Bulls made no changes to their strategy in Game 4 because they watched tape of the blowout loss they suffered in Game 3 and decided they played with “not enough energy.’’
Here’s the quote: "We felt watching the film that we played with low motor, not enough energy. So we didn’t feel the game plan was the key."
To recap, the Bulls were in the playoffs. They won the first two games on the road. They were coming home to play the next two games. And they admitted they had “not enough energy."
The Celtics bloodied the Bulls early in Game 3. The Bulls never recovered. The Bulls then let themselves get bloodied again early in Game 4.
Photos from Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals between the Bulls and Celtics on April 23, 2017, at the United Center.
Photos from Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals between the Bulls and Celtics on Friday, April 21, 2017, at the United Center.
The Bulls learned nothing. The players didn’t care enough to prepare like professionals. The coach was useless in changing that inexplicably dumb approach.
But wait. There’s more stupidity. The Bulls watched tape and apparently completely missed the small lineup the Celtics ran out there, completely missed the Celtics’ emphasis on perimeter shooting that the Bulls apparently are incapable of defending, and completely missed how the Celtics were killing them with the high pick-and-roll as the screener was forever wide open running down the lane, and if he wasn’t then Isaiah Thomas was.
But for all the actual Xs and Os, Wade claimed the Bulls attributed blowing a wonderful upset opportunity at home to “low motor."
Bulls ownership got the two home gates it was desperate to connect, and who cares if the team played the paying customers for suckers?
Congratulations to Wade and the Bulls for posting a 25 on the Stupid-O-Meter.
Isaiah Canaan serves as a perfect hood ornament for these Bulls, and here’s why:
He played 34 minutes in Game 4 and will start Game 5 because he isn’t as awful as the rest of the point guards right now the same way the Bulls face-planted into the last playoff spot because they didn’t stink as much as the rest of the Eastern Conference.
For those of you scoring at home, that’s a series-worst 18 turnovers for the Bulls in their first game without Rondo and a new series-worst 19 turnovers in their second game without Rondo. Speaks to the quality point-guard depth amassed by Gar Forman.
The Choice (and remember, death is not an option): Nikola Mirotic open and taking the shot or Jerian Grant open and taking the shot?
Rondo was fined $25,000 for sticking out a foot and trying to trip Jae Crowder running near the Bulls bench in Game 3. Rondo said ACL surgery sometimes requires stretching the leg and the joint. And apparently the truth.