Early in the first quarter in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night, the Bulls countered a double-team against Derrick Rose to near perfection.
Rose skipped a pass on the perimeter to Luol Deng, who fired the ball into the corner to Keith Bogans, who passed into the lane to Joakim Noah, who quickly dished to Carlos Boozer underneath the basket. All five players touched the ball in a span of about five seconds, with Boozer getting it underneath the hoop. The ball was ‘‘poppin.’’ The Bulls had the defense moving. Tom Thibodeau couldn’t have drawn it up any better. Dr. Naismith couldn’t have drawn it up any better.