The Bulls lost 92-90 to the Bucks on Saturday, in what could have been the series-clinching game for Chicago. Instead, thanks to a Jerryd Bayless layup at the buzzer, Milwaukee stayed alive and sent the series back to the United Center for a Game 5 (Chicago leads, 3-1). On the game’s final play, Bayless shook Derrick Rose with a backdoor cut. After the game, Rose took responsibility for the play, saying, “put that all on me.”
From ESPN Chicago:
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose took the blame for the team’s 92-90 loss at the buzzer to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Saturday night.
Rose had a chance to win the game — and close out the series — in regulation but had the ball stripped away by Bucks swingman Khris Middleton in the final seconds without getting a shot off. Bucks coach Jason Kidd called a timeout after the play with just 0.8 seconds left on the clock. Officials added 0.5 after the timeout, which gave the Bucks just enough time, 1.3 seconds, to draw up a play to win the game. Bucks small forward Jared Dudley threw a pass into guard Jerryd Bayless under the rim as Rose lost sight of Bayless. The mental gaffe left Rose in disbelief after the game.
“I put that all on me,” Rose said. “Just wasn’t paying attention to the ball. … But if anything, this is a learning experience. I don’t feel bad for myself; I feel bad for my teammates. Knowing that we could have forced the overtime and I messed things up. But I swear I’m built for it.”
Rose’s mistake wasn’t the only one for the Bulls on a day when they turned the ball over a season-high 28 times, but it was the most costly. Rose and his teammates remained upbeat after the game, but the former MVP, who turned the ball over eight times, took this defeat personally.
“Tonight was a hard one,” Rose said. “We had twentysomething turnovers; I think I had like 20 of them. It felt like 20, but the only thing I can do right now is just learn from it, watch film and come ready next game.”