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Certified athletic trainer Jeff Stotts said the best-case scenario for Love would be an acute dislocation with minimal damage to the surrounding soft tissue and an absence of 2-3 games. The worst case would be a dislocation with a significant torn labrum and the possibility of surgery. On its own, it's a devastating injury for Cleveland, which likely will play the Chicago Bulls and their deep frontcourt in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Through the first three games, Love played tremendous basketball, averaging 18.3 points, nine rebounds and three assists. He also had made 47.3% of his three-pointers. In Game 3, Love had 23 points, nine rebounds and three assists. USA Today Sports

The Bucks and the Bulls played a chippy, close Game 4 Saturday. The score was tied, 50-50, at the half — plus, the the Bucks were up 87-79 with under five minutes left, and the Bulls cut their lead cut down to a 90-90 tie. However, Milwaukee pulled it out at the last possible moment: Bucks guard Jerryd Bayless caught Derrick Rose off-guard in the paint and hit a buzzer-beating layup. For The Win

Improbably tied at 90 after the Bucks coughed up a six-point lead in the final 1:42, Rose had a chance to seize the series. He dribbled to the right, swerved and cut back to the middle, only to lose the ball yet again, the last of the Bulls' nightmare giveaways. "I felt like if I would've got a shot off that it was going to go in," he said dejectedly from the locker room. That set the stage for Bayless, who compounded the turnover into an even more costly mistake. "I put that all on me," Rose said. "I wasn't paying attention. I don't feel bad for myself, I feel bad for my teammates. Knowing that we could've forced overtime. I messed things up, but I swear I'm good for it." USA Today Sports

The play worked just as it had been drawn up, which head coach Jason Kidd credits to Dudley as much as he does to Bayless. "Everybody talks about the shot, but it is the guy who throws the ball in that has to have the nerve to throw that pass," Kidd said. "Duds made a heck of a pass. Bayless did the important thing by putting it in, but I think he sold the cut very well on Rose." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

April 25, 2015 Updates

Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic, who sat out Game 3 with a left knee injury, will play Saturday afternoon in Game 4 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. "He should be good," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said, adding that he should be able to play 100% and won't be on a minutes restriction. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

They are little things, but they are big things because they speak to maturity, commitment and responsibility. That’s what’s enabled Rose to return as a game changing player while the Bulls hope to change what’s been their destiny without Rose. “Derrick, it’s not that he’s old; his best years are coming,” maintains Thibodeau. “He’s had to navigate through adversity; it’s made him a lot stronger mentally. Now we have a chance. The challenge is not only bringing the best out of himself, but to bring the best out of all his teammates. He’s probably doing that as well as he ever has. He had several plays he had dribble penetration into the lane, the kick out to Mike or Tony (Snell) or Jimmy that led to high percentage shots, great chemistry with Pau (Gasol) on the pick and roll. He’s a little more patient, but he’s also bringing the best out of his teammates.” NBA.com

Bulls rookie forward Doug McDermott was in the locker room before a game last month when he was told about a rumor that his father, Greg, had called the front office to complain about his son’s lack of playing time and about the role coach Tom Thibodeau played in that. ‘‘Trust me, I heard it,’’ McDermott said, acknowledging it was bothersome. ‘‘I actually talked to my dad right after someone brought that to my attention in the locker room. I called him up and was just kind of laughing, almost. He was like, ‘What are you laughing about?’ I said, ‘You hear this rumor going out that you called the front office and stuff?’ He started laughing.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

‘‘My dad would never do that,’’ McDermott said. ‘‘He’s a coach, and he has to deal with parents all the time, calling him up all the time. Boosters [and] parents calling all the time about playing time, everything. He would never do that. He has too much respect for the coaches here, [general manager] Gar [Forman] and Pax [vice president of basketball operations John Paxson], all those guys. He would never do that.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

April 24, 2015 Updates


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