It sure didn’t look good live in Game 4 up in Milwaukee Saturday night.
Watching the film Sunday morning at the Advocate Center did little to change that.
Then again, there isn’t enough lipstick to make 28 turnovers pass for anything resembling beauty.
“When you turn it over 28 times, there’s some pretty amazing ways to do it,’’ Bulls veteran Mike Dunleavy said, following the afternoon practice. “At some point you start becoming creative. It was pretty amazing the way we turned it over. Hopefully we fix it.
“Just take care of the ball. I mean I can’t tell you anything else we’re not doing well other than we’re turning the ball over too many times. That’s gotta be the thing that changes, and if we do that and we get back in transition and don’t give up 38 or 40 fast-break points, then we feel like we have a pretty good chance of winning.’’
And as far as Tom Thibodeau using all the ball security miscues for a light-hearted teaching moment going into Monday night’s Game 5 at the United Center? Well, did people forget who the coach was?
Not only did Thibodeau have his players watch the film on the turnovers in the 92-90 loss, but watch all 28 of them.
“Is that a serious question?’’ Dunleavy responded, when asked if his coach doctored the film with some comedic moments.
And if Thibodeau wasn’t in a warm, fuzzy place for the film session, it wasn’t like he turned that frown upside down meeting with the media.
“Well, in general, we looked at all our turnovers and some were their defense and some were us not making the right read,’’ Thibodeau said. “Usually, if you hold onto it too long or dance with the ball or try a risky pass, it will lead to a problem. Hit the first open man. Be sound with the ball. When we did that, we got good shots.’’
All week, the Bulls players have talked about the unique problems the Bucks defense offers, not only because of their length and athleticism, but their tendencies. They’ve been double-teaming Pau Gasol on almost every post pass, and blitzing both Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler on pick-and-rolls.
“Their biggest strength is their defense and the way they turn you over,’’ Dunleavy said. “There’s not a lot of teams in the league that play the way they do. There’s usually a common recipe the way you do things, and they do things a little differently.
“They’ve got some unique players and present some problems, and that’s probably the biggest reason they’re the sixth seed in the playoffs and had such a great year, so that’s kind of what they do.’’
Thibodeau wasn’t in a very agreeable mood on that front, either.
“We’ve seen plenty of blitzes before,’’ Thibodeau said. “That’s not anything new. They’re switching the small-small. That’s not new. We’re seeing more post double-teams than usual. But usually when a post guy gets hot, he gets doubled. So that’s not new.’’
What Thibodeau and his players did agree on was that even with all the mistakes, they still had a chance to win the game. They also feel good about entering Game 5 up 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, with a chance for the home closeout.
“Look, the reality is we didn’t play very well, but had the ball with 20 seconds left and a chance to win the game,’’ Dunleavy said. “You have the ball in that position? We did a lot of things right. We just got to correct the things we didn’t do right.’’