BTBP Roundtable #7: Returning Home, Double Teams and Exploiting Absence

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Apr 20, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) and Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) react after the game against the Milwaukee Bucks in game two of the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at the United Center. The Chicago Bulls defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 92-81. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Who do you double-team: Rose, Butler or Noah?

AMcG: The Bucks should only double up on any of the three as a last resort. They need to use their length, their switching and have faith in their collective defense. If I had to go with one of the three though, I’d stick with Gasol. Keep preventing him from getting rolling inside, and the backcourt will have to cool off a little sooner or later.

TW: Butler, no question. He’s been giving Milwaukee fits and has been easily the best Bull through two games. Rose is inconsistent and surprisingly enough none of Chicago’s bigs have been giving Milwaukee a ton of trouble yet in this series.

JT: Rose. When he’s out on the court, the offense primarily runs through him and if they can limit the passing lanes to force him to shoot, that could be a winning strategy. Of course, I should add it’s incredibly tough to keep that up for 48 minutes.

JH: Gasol–although it’s really a pick-your-poison deal. Gasol has the capability to stretch out the Bucks’ bigs and take them one on one. While Rose and Butler are big threats neither are elite shooters. I can live with giving up a tough layup or contested three to Rose or Butler. I can’t live with Gasol stretching Zaza or Henson out beyond the free throw line before shooting, finding a slashing teammate, or taking it to the hoop. Double Gasol, and pray Rose and Butler don’t torch you.

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