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Then again, the Hawks need to do that against everyone. They’ve been manhandled on the boards the last two games, outrebounded 105-73. The Bulls are working harder and seemingly getting every loose ball.
The most distressing stat for Drew: His starters were called for only one foul _ total _ in the first half.
“You’re not going to win many games if you don’t play physical and get some fouls,” he said. “I’m not saying hurt people. But you’ve got to get physical fouls. It’s the playoffs.”
That’s not an issue for the Bulls. After getting burned by Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford in Game 1 (they combined for 56 points on 20-of-34 shooting), Chicago has doubled those two almost every time they touch the ball. The result: Johnson is 11 of 27 for 26 points over the last two contests, Crawford 5 of 17 for 18 points.
Johnson was clearly frustrated after Game 3. He got few good looks at the basket, which he blamed on the offensive plays the Hawks were running, and he’s not too thrilled about Drew encouraging him to look for the open man when he’s doubled.
“They want me to give it up, but we can’t win like that,” said Johnson, who averaged a team-high 18.2 points during the regular season. “We’ve got to start doing what got us here.”
“A lot of key players get double teams. They play out of double teams,” Drew said. “A lot of playing out of double teams is not necessarily trying to beat the double team, but making plays. You have to show a willingness to give the ball up and trust your teammates. If you continue to try to beat the double team by yourself, you’re playing into the opposition’s hands.”
Rose has sure embraced the starring role.
But it’s his work behind the scenes that impresses his coach.
“Derrick is always trying to do better,” Tom Thibodeau said. “He’s an extremely confident guy, and he gets a lot of that from his preparation. He stays late, studies hard, and it always shows up in how he plays the game.”
Paul Newberry can be reached at http://twitter.com/pnewberry1963
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