And I double checked, and I can’t find a column for “pretty” in the box score (sadly, I find myself reviewing that thing after every game now). So no matter how ugly, we’ll take the win as the longest win streak in the Eastern Conference continues, with our Bulls at five.
DRose tends to agree, “Winning takes care of everything – every category, every area. As long as we’re winning, I’m fine.”
I agree. I’m fine with last night’s 86 to 81 victory over the Bobcats.
When the Bulls don’t seem to “show up,” neither do the fans. I think it’s louder in most libraries than it was at the UC.
Mayor Emmanuel, Yao Ming, Scottie Pippen and David Stern’s replacement were at the game with a Chinese delegation. Not sure how much this game says about the Bulls and Chicago except – we’re sluggish, unenthusiastic and boring. Sigh. Until the fourth quarter, that is.
All that aside, on the upside, all of the starters were in double figures, and Jimmy Buckets took over where DRose left off against Indiana in the three-point department. OK, so he made two of two, but I was pretty excited about it, until he hurt his toe and left the game.
I will give those pesky Bobcats credit. They lived up to their wikipedia description last night: “The bobcat hunts animals of different sizes, and will adjust its hunting techniques accordingly.”
And they wouldn’t go away. Finally, MJ has put together a close-to-winning combo, with a Thibodeau pal and defensive-minded coach this Steve Clifford. And there’s assistant coach Patrick Ewing, and although I never liked him too much as a player when he showed up to face our Bulls, that was just because he was too good.
The Bobcats will cause the Bulls, and others some trouble, but for now, the winning team won, no matter how ugly, boring or lackluster it may have been.
“Sometimes you have to find different ways to win,” Thibodeau said. “We showed a lot of toughness down the stretch.”
Jo said, “Nah, it’s all good that we won, but we’ve got to keep it real with ourselves. We’ve got to play better. It’s not easy to win in this league. They’re [Charlotte] playing a lot better. It was a tough, tough game, but it was encouraging that we stuck together and we fought hard,” he explained. “We’re happy we won, but obviously we have a lot of work to do.”
Per Lu, “I’ve said it before: I think every game is going to be a different story and the sign of a good team is finding a way to win. We have enough weapons that when some guys don’t have it going, other guys can pick it up. But every game is going to be a different story and as the season goes on, we will be in a situation like this again and this game will come in handy.”
Don’t they all sound like pages out of the Tom Thibodeau book of quotations?
A win’s a win, especially when it brings you to within one win of the Heat in the standings.
So it’s on to the west coast circus trip, a land where the high elevations and the “Hollywood” of it all doesn’t always treat our Bulls too well.
And where this fan has to stay up until (horrors) midnight to watch the games live. It might be replay city for the next few weeks.
Next game, 9:30 p.m. CST on Thursday vs. the Denver Nuggets (and former Bull and last season’s playoff hero Nate the Great Robinson), followed by the west coast streaking Trailblazers on Friday. Let’s hope both of these are way prettier than last night.
See Red, and Go Bulls!