Why Rockets’ Matt Bullard is right
In the five games in which the Rockets won, the Bulls struggled to score points, as they averaged just 92.6 points per game. In one of those games, the Bulls scored a mere 83 points, which validates Bullard’s point even further.
Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich emphasized the 3-point shot, and the Rockets made 38.2 percent of their 3-pointers during the six-game series Bullard referenced. This even includes the one game the Bulls won, in which the Rockets still made 44.4 percent of their triples that game.
Vernon Maxwell and the Rockets largely held Jordan in check during those six games, as he averaged 29.2 points per game, which were lower than Jordan’s combined regular season average of 31.4 points between the 1990-1993 seasons. Hakeem Olajuwon dominated the matchups, as he posted averages of 20 points/13 rebounds/2.7 assists/2.3 steals/and four blocks. Olajuwon posted a near 20/20 game (18 points and 17 rebounds), an eight block performance, and a near triple-double, as he finished just three assists short of the feat.
When you add this all up, it’s easy to see why Bullard and the Rockets had confidence against Jordan’s Bulls, because the numbers tip heavily in their favor. This is further proof of why Jordan had every reason to fear the matchup.