Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan says his team have to be the aggressors when they entertain Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4 of their first round playoff series on Sunday.
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The Bulls managed to win one of the first two games in Milwaukee but were well beaten in the first meeting between the two sides in Chicago, as the Bucks claimed a 111-81 victory to open up a 2-1 series lead.
Donovan says the Bulls cannot afford to dwell on that chastening loss and he wants his team to forget about Game 3 as they bid to level the series for the second time.
"They've got to wrap their head around the fact whether it was a triple overtime game and lost on a halfcourt buzzer beater or we lost by 75 points, it's all one game," said Donovan, via NBC Sports. "And I think when you come out of a game, whether you win by 30 or lose by 30, there are residual effects that come from that. I think that's for any competitive group of guys."
The Bucks held a 16-point lead at the end of the first quarter in Game 3 and Chicago never looked as if they were going to mount any kind of fightback. Donovan says his team have to be better in all areas against the defending champions on Sunday if they are to avoid falling 3-1 behind in the bets-of-seven series.
"They were the aggressor, the more physical team," he said. "They set that tone very, very early in the game. And we did not respond as well as we needed to, really, on both ends of the floor."