Series Story: After a hard fought series filled series filled with plenty of drama, trash talk and hard fouls the Bulls finally finished off the pesky Pacers in five games.
Series MVP (Bulls): Derrick Rose. There is no question about it Derrick Rose will be the Bulls MVP from here on out, despite having off games he simply carried his team over the Pacers and his furious comeback in Game One would have been the best single player performance of the Opening Round if it wasn’t for Chris Paul and Brandon Roy.
Series MVP (Pacers): I really wanted to give this to Psycho T but this has to go to Danny Granger. Granger turned into a leader in this series and wasn’t afraid to back up his teammates even after the series was over, calling out Joakim Noah for playing dirty in Game Five. Granger has showed maturity and seems to be ready to lead the Pacers next season.
Unsung Hero: Kyle Korver. All he does is hit big threes and he was at it once again in this series, how does this guy get open again?
Best Game: Game One. Psycho T going off in the second half and Derrick Rose ripping out the Pacers heart in the final five minutes.
Turning Point: Has to be Game One, we will never know how this series would have went if the Pacers didn’t collaps in the fourth quarter of that game.
What We Learned About the Bulls: This series showed that if the Bulls are going to move forward they need huge games from Derrick Rose every night. the Pacers played tough defense, employing some of the tactics the Bad Boy Pistons used on MJ’s Bulls, shutting down the rest of the Bulls and fouling Rose early and often, trying to get under his skin. If other teams focus on shutting everyone else down and just letting Rose get his, the Bulls will obviously need the MVP type performances they expect out of Rose every game in order to win.
Pacers Silver Lining: With a young team and a commitment to playing tough defense the Pacers can only get better. Of course we said this about the Bobcats last year, but with a talented core of; Granger, Collison, Hibbert, Hansbrough, George and McRoberts the Pacers can only improve.