The playoff schedule for the first round is set for the sixth-seeded Chicago Bulls against third-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks lead the series 3-1 with Game 5 set for Wednesday in Milwaukee.
Here are the results and schedule for the series, with Times and TV (All Times Central):
In the fourth quarter of any game, the Chicago Bulls are always comfortable with a single-digit deficit and the ball in DeMar DeRozan’s hands. It has been a proven formula through DeRozan’s first season in Chicago.
But DeRozan could not deliver heroics in late games in Game 1 against the Bucks. He did not make a basket in the fourth quarter until 2:11 was left in the game, where he went 1-to-7 in the quarter and took only two free throws in the second half.
DeMar DeRozan is a man of his word. He proved that to Bulls fans, devouring the Bucks defense in the second half to cement a 114-110 victory that equalized the playoff series in the first round each time.
The Bulls star did not hide his frustration after Game 1 and promised he would not repeat his 6-of-25 shooting performance. DeRozan spent Tuesday night on the Fiserv Forum pitch and set up shots to regain the rhythm that was missing in the opening loss.
The Bulls returned to United Center for their first playoff game in five years with home advantage and momentum of a road victory behind them.
But they limped out of Game 3 with a 111-81 beatdown as the Bucks returned as a reigning NBA champion to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.
The Bulls delivered hope in Game 4 of their series with the Bucks. It was at least an improvement for United Center fans after the beatdown of Game 3.
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The offense matched battles with the Bucks throughout the first half and avoided an early gap. Patrick Williams finally fulfilled his young promise and scored 20 points in his best performance in the playoffs. The Bulls scored more transfer points in the first half (6) than they had in any game in the series so far.
But all that did not matter when Giannis Antetokounmpo woke up. The Bucks star opened the Bulls defense with surgical accuracy, scoring 32 points in the series. With Antetokounmpo opening the Bulls at both ends of the field, the Bucks rolled to a 119-95 victory.
Match 5 on Wednesday: Bulls at Bucks, TBD
Match 6 on Friday: Bucks on Bulls, TBD if needed
Game 7 on May 1: Bulls at Bucks, TBD if necessary
The Bulls have lost all four meetings with the Bucks this season, including 28- and 21-point blowouts in the last two games. The reigning NBA champions are led by double MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has not lost a game to the Bulls since December 27, 2017.
The Bulls were 1-14 this season against the top four seeds from the Eastern Conference – the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers. This will be the Bulls’ first postseason appearance in five years.