The Chicago Bulls evened the series at one against the Milwaukee Bucks and head to Chicago with good vibes. Chicago’s big three of DeMar DeRozan (41 points and seven rebounds), Zach LaVine (20 points), and Nikola Vucevic (24 points and 13 rebounds) stepped up big time. However, there was one Bull who made a game-changing impact.
Alex Caruso made a difference on both ends of the court.
Carushow tallied nine points, 10 assists (playoff career-high), two steals, and two blocks. Additionally, his defense against Bucks star Khris Middleton was stifling. Caruso was active defensively, forcing several turnovers and clinching the Bulls victory after drawing a charging foul against the other Bucks star, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Caruso brought the energy to a Bulls team that needed an infusion on the defensive end. In the absence of Lonzo Ball, Caruso has been handling the starting PG spot exceptionally well. Furthermore, he embodies everything a game-changing player does.
“He is a guy that will not shortcut or rest on the court,” Donovan said following the game. “He will give you everything he has.”
That was certainly the case in the Game 2 for the Bulls and they are glad it happened.
Caruso’s impact both on and off the court has been crucial for the inexperienced Bulls playoff roster. He’s not the flashiest player, but he makes the right plays and doesn’t back down from a challenge. His defense is top notch and gives them something that they are lacking, especially with Lonzo Ball out for the rest of the season.
As Chicago continues to adjust to the Bucks and the NBA playoffs, Caruso’s leadership will be a big key to success. And if they want to pull off this upset it won’t be DeRozan or LaVine that is the biggest key, instead it’s the point guard that LeBron James raves about but watched go to Chicago instead.
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