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Derrick Rose Blames Himself For Loss; Forcing Game 5

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The Chicago Bulls had the chance to win the series against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Saturday night. They had led the series 3-0, but the Bucks forced a Game 5 after they won 92-90. Derrick Rose could have won the game for his team, but he had the ball stripped away by Bucks Khris Middleton in the final seconds. Bucks Coach, Jason Kidd called timeout after the play with just 0.8 seconds left on the clock. Officials added 0.5 after the timeout, which gave the Bucks 1.3 seconds. That was just enough time to win the game.

Bucks small forward, Jared Dudley threw a pass into guard Jerryd Bayless under the time as Rose apparently lost sight of Jerryd. Rose was left in disbelief after the game. “I put that all on me,” Rose said. “Just wasn’t paying attention to the ball. … But if anything, this is a learning AX043_15A4_9experience. I don’t feel bad for myself; I feel bad for my teammates. Knowing that we could have forced the overtime and I messed things up. But I swear I’m built for it.” Derrick’s mistake wasn’t the only one of the Bulls, they turned the ball over a season-high 28 times. “Tonight was a hard one,” Rose said. “We had twenty-something turnovers; I think I had like 20 of them. It felt like 20, but the only thing I can do right now is just learn from it, watch film and come ready next game.” The addition of 0.5 seconds to the clock hurt the Bulls. When Rose lost Bayless, Dudley had enough time to float the pass into Bayless for the basket that would force a continuation of the series. “In the playoffs, that’s like a whole minute,” Rose said. “You see we came back in two minutes or something like that. So [the loss is] devastating, but you get to play again. I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it, to tell you the truth.

zaza-pachulia-joakim-noah-khris-middleton-nba-milwaukee-bucks-chicago-bulls-850x560I can’t believe it.” Bulls coach, Tom Thibodeau said he tried to call timeout before Rose made his drive to the rim on the Bulls’ last possession, but didn’t get it. “I actually was trying to call timeout there, and I didn’t get it,” Thibodeau said. “But in that situation, I don’t mind. Derrick had the ball and an open floor. If he sees something, nine times out of 10 he’s going to make a great play. It didn’t work out for us this time, but like I said, it didn’t come down to that play. It didn’t come down to the last play. There’s a lot of plays throughout the course of the game that we’re going to have to do a lot better on.” The team must regroup heading into Game 5 in Chicago Monday Night.

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