It may not have been pretty, but…

…it was a BIG win.

The Bulls took a 2-1 series lead against the Nets last night as they brought the show back to the Madhouse on Madison.

While the Bulls looked like they were sleepwalking through the first half of the first quarter, they kicked it into high gear in Q2 and Q3 with their signature defense. I wouldn’t want to be on the other end of that. The Nets could NOT score a basket.

Ah, be still my heart.

For once, I was able to watch almost the entire game, since it seemed like the lead was substantial enough. But in the final few minutes, it became iffy, so I had to step away.

The Bulls bookended the game with the slow start and then the fourth quarter collapse. Yup, been there done that. So this will be corrected by Saturday.

However, the defense, combined with the domination by Luol, Carlos, Kirk were once again the core foundation. And Big Naz was solid. Poor Jo can hardly walk. No one understands he can make it up and down the court for a game, but he willed it once again and his passing was stellar as always.

Wait, what about the Taj Gibson dunk over Kris Humphries in Q2? Reservations for two at Gibsons.

Now with the early start on Saturday, at 1 p.m. CDT, we know some adjustments must be made. The Bulls have an unfortunate track record in day games. If it’s not a 7 or 7:30 p.m. start, they’re not too interested (or effective). So whether they need to employ mind games, take some potions, change their clocks, eat dinner at 10 a.m. or call the Zen master. Get on it guys.

And the thought of the Florida foes having to face the Bulls’ defense in round two, when they could potentially break a nail and/or tarnish their manicures. Well, that thought makes me all too happy.

Bulls Banter headquarters is temporarily relocating out of Chi-town to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where I plan to bring you insights from other key contributors, including viking20 and Kevbro.

Stay tuned, and See Red!

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