Mike Dunleavy held to six points, suffers bruised thumb in loss
BY SETH GRUEN Staff Reporter April 27, 2014 7:49PM
Updated: April 27, 2014 10:52PM
WASHINGTON — Entering Game 4 on Sunday, the odds were that Mike Dunleavy wouldn’t be able to replicate his 35-point performance from Game 3.
Then again, the odds were even worse that he would have a six-point clunker, a major reason
the Bulls find themselves down 3-1 in the series after losing 98-89.
Dunleavy’s performance was partly because of a bruised left thumb he suffered when he took a charge Sunday. After the game, he had the hand in a cup of ice, but he said it wouldn’t affect him. He should be ready for Game 5 on Tuesday at the United Center.
“It’s my left [non-shooting] hand, and it’s not going to make a difference for me,” Dunleavy said.
What will make a difference if the Bulls hope to bring the series back to Washington for Game 6 is getting Dunleavy back to the double-digit scorer he was this season.
Dunleavy didn’t have a single basket in the first half. His first points came on a layup 1:04 into the third quarter. In the next 3:30, he scored four points, but he didn’t score the rest of the game.
It was predictable that the Wizards would pay more attention to Dunleavy. He said that even though the Wizards have pressured the Bulls off the ball all series, he sensed they were more alert.
But Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said that doesn’t make it impossible to find open shots.
“When a player has a good game, there will be an adjustment, and as I told you the game tells you what shots will be there,” Thibodeau said.
“So if you overcommit in one area, there should be other opportunities, and you should be able to read that.”