In his first playoff game since 2012, Derrick Rose dropped 23 points and helped dispatch of the Milwaukee Bucks by 12 points in Game 1. It was the first time gathering playoff experience for many of the Bucks players and it showed.
According to TiqIQ.com, tickets to Game 2 at the United Center have an average price of $132.72 with a get-in price of $43. Bulls’ tickets for a possible Game 5 and Game 7 shoot up in price, averaging $362.31 (get-in price of $55) and $457.69 (get-in price of $70), respectively. It gets cheaper when the series turns to the BMO Harris Bradley Center, with Game 3 tickets averaging $131.25 and featuring a get-in price of $29. Game 4 and Game 6 have average prices of $194.80 and $283.58.
The Bulls are seeking to put this series to bed as soon as possible, so wins away from the United Center will be needed. Hipmunk.com can get Bulls’ fans to the game with detailed flights guide to Milwaukee and cheap hotel options in Milwaukee starting from $79 to see Rose, Pau Gasol and Jimmy Butler on the road.
In the opener, the Bucks pulled within three early in the third, but Rose hit three three-pointers during a 15-7 response, including one that made it 77-66 with 4:33 left in the quarter, to snuff out any potential comeback bid.
Chicago won even though they turned the ball over 19 times. Their rebounding was a strength over the youthful Bucks, as Gasol, Joakim Noah and Nikola Mirotic all had 11 rebounds apiece. But the Bulls will probably go as far as Rose takes them. The last time the Bulls had him for the duration of the playoffs, he capped an MVP season by leading them to the Eastern Conference finals in 2011. They’ll have to go through the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round for that to happen, however.
For Milwaukee, Khris Middleton scored 18 points and veteran big man Zaza Pachulia poured in 15. Michael Carter-Williams, playing in his first NBA playoff game after not even sniffing the postseason with the 76ers, shot 4-for-13 and finished with nine points. Although the Bucks made a remarkable jump from 15 to 41 wins this year, it’s going to take a monster effort for their group of youngsters to knock off Chicago.
Kirk Hinrich missed Game 1 and will be out for Game 2. Taj Gibson seemed nicked up during the fourth quarter, and news came out that he is dealing with a right knee strain. Luckily, with notable depth as it is, the Bulls appear poised to get by nonetheless.