As I watched the Bulls give everything they have last night (and more), this came to mind:
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
Did the Bulls lose game 6?
Did they go down fighting, like they have all year?
Was it close?
Just a three-point loss, 95 to 92.
Indeed, Bulls fans everywhere are disappointed. Yours truly is exhibit A. But the Bulls’ performance in game 6 vs. the Nets is a true testament to the kind of guys they are.
Folks, we’ve reached new levels of short-handed. We’re playing with our third-string point guard (Nate). One All-Star has one foot (Jo) and one All-Star (Luol) was sent home to bed after spending the day getting fluids via an IV. This was following a trip to the ER the day prior for a spinal tap.
Forgot to mention that Nate was barfing into a trash can on the bench during time outs, bringing a whole new dimension to Thibs’ game plan.
“A couple of times I had to throw up during the game, but I didn’t know if they’d call a foul on me if I threw up on Deron Williams. I’ll have to check the rulebook on that one,” Nate said.
Marco and Jimmy really stepped up, and Jo is beginning to seemingly move up and down the court more easily. It’s probably an optical illusion. And Boozer, again, valiant. If only the pesky Nets would get out of his way and let him shoot! CMO!
Now many will fault Coach Thibs because made minimal use of the bench players. And do I feel badly that our UConn man Rip hardly played, and that Nazr didn’t get many minutes? Absolutely.
But given the fluid nature of the starting lineup (Thibs used seven different lineups against the Nets. The Nets used the same lineup for all games vs. the Bulls), he’s already got most of his second unit on the floor at the tap anyway.
I have to vehemently disagree with TNT analyst Charles Barkley’s pre-game statement about “I don’t care how sick you are, you’ve got to find a way to play.” [paraphrased]. Well that’s fine, Sir Charles. Does possible viral meningitis excuse Luol? And, perhaps Nate puking throughout the game will suffice? Honestly! [Note – I understand Luol does not have meningitis.]
But I actually do agree with Barkley on one point. That has to do with the fact that the Nets should be winning by lots more points than three given they’re playing healthy, and with limited injuries. Yet they seem to just kind of saunter along, like it’s a walk in the park. I guess the Bulls should be grateful for this lackadaisical approach.
I couldn’t be more proud of my Bulls. For fighting, never giving up, believing in each other, and for bringing fans like me, you, us an unbelievable, unexpected season of amazing victories and milestones.
So about Saturday’s game 7. This fan has a long-standing dinner engagement set for Saturday evening, so she’ll miss most of game 7. It could be better that way, because no matter the outcome, I’d probably send myself to the ER anyway. Heart attack brought on by too much excitement.
This year was to be the one I made it to the UC for my first playoff game. I still believe it can happen, although the Bulls may need some reinforcements to make it out of Brooklyn to Miami on Saturday.
Scratch that. We have more than enough to win with. Way more than enough.
See you at the UC for round two next weekend.