Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls: Postgame Grades and Analysis

April 18th, 2015 by Andy Bailey Leave a reply »

Behind the one-two punch of Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls opened their 2015 playoff run with a 103-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday at the United Center.

Butler finished with a game-high 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting, while Rose added 23 with a 9-of-16 performance. The two combined to hand out 13 assists as well.

Khris Middleton led Milwaukee, as he scored 18 points on 7-of-17 shooting.

A stellar defensive effort from the Bulls influenced Middleton's poor performance from the floor, as Chicago's defense held the Bucks to just 40 points in the second half and 39.3 percent shooting for the game.


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Derrick Rose: A

After missing the last two postseasons with injuries, Rose exploded back onto the scene with athleticism and aggressiveness reminiscent of his 2010-2011 MVP campaign.

In the first half, with the much bigger Michael Carter-Williams on him, Rose was able to drive and slash to the paint at will. Once there, he showed the ability to contort his body mid-air ...

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