Bulls vs. Hawks: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

THE GOOD

Bulls win! Bulls win! And that’s really all that matters, but there was actually a whole lot more good than bad with this one.

With last night’s 91-84 victory over Eastern Conference foe, the Atlanta Hawks (currently the #3 seed), the Bulls have moved up to #6.

Doing some quick calculations, that means that within three days, they advanced from #9 to #6. Where’s the Facbook “like” button when you need it?

Mike Dunleavy Jr. had a game-high 20 points, and was one of six Bulls in double figures – Luol with 17, Taj and Jo with 10 apiece, the Butler and DJ both with 11. It seems as if our Bulls have found the key to victory, don’t you think?

And what would a blog about the “good” be without a Taj Gibson commercial, courtesy of his protege and biggest fan, Thibs.

“You can’t say enough about Taj. He’s tough as nails. Whatever you ask him to do, he does,” Thibodeau said about his prized pupil. “You can start him, bring him off the bench, guard everybody, rebound, gives you great effort, pure heart, plays for the team, plays to win, disciplined. Practices every day, practices hard. Great practice player.”

And add this to the highlight reel – Lieutenant Deng with a half-court buzzer-beater to counteract Korver’s 3-pointer: Deng’s buzzer-beater.

THE UGLY

In the post-game interviews, a common theme emerged.

“It wasn’t pretty,” Noah said. “We just found a way. Some nights it’s going to be like that. When your shot isn’t going and it’s ugly offensively, you just have to dig down defensively and rebound and make it grimy. We did a good job of that.”

Dunleavy: “We’re going to defend, we’re going to rebound and I think we’re getting better offensively as the weeks go by. Tonight wasn’t great, but we’re getting there.”

It’s not west coast Hollywood (LA) or east cost Hollywood (Miami). This is CHI, where the weather is sometimes just as ugly as the Bulls’ play, but we get it done.

THE BAD

Not to be a downer, but here’s where it got a bit bad last night, other than Bulls’ somewhat lackluster scoring in Q3.

The Bulls’ #1 fan, yours truly, author of Bulls Banter was scheduled to have been at the game, third row, seat 18 etc.

But the ugly CHI weather caused a bit of trouble for my driver. OK, I’ll come clean, my driver is me, and my vehicle is a tin can (1999 Honda Civic), which pinballed it’s way west on Grand Avenue for a few blocks before I realized there was trouble.

As Jo said the other night when the guys were trying to get him the triple double (and failed) – it’s not a good look. Me digging my car out from the UC parking lot post-game, or worse, stuck in my car all night is definitely not a good look.

So, I headed home. Sigh. That’s life in the big city, and I’m just glad the Bulls pulled out the victory – in my honor, of course, despite not being there in person.

And to demonstrate just how excited the Bulls were with this unprecedented victory and two-game win streak – they were playing music in the locker room. You’ve heard of music before, right?

While Dunleavy didn’t want to admit that it was Lu’s play list, Jimmy did. But his country music, about love found then lost, and folks down on their luck, didn’t seem appropriate for this festive occasion. Word on the street is “Wonderwall” by Oasis was one of the songs of choice. Hey, whatever it takes.

I hope Thibs doesn’t find out. I’m guessing he doesn’t know how to spell MUSIC. After all, MUSIC does NOT spell VIDEOTAPE.

So far, 2014 is treating our Bulls quite well. On Tuesday one of those pesky Western Conference foes (Suns) show up…let’s not think about that quite yet.

Can we bask in the glow of last night’s victory, which leads to headlines like: Coming together, Bulls post 2nd straight victory. That’s K.C. Johnson’s (Chicago Tribune) game story. No, it’s not a typo. We’re excited about a 2-game win streak…not a 20-game win streak.

This is CHI, and these are our Chicago Bulls, and we still love them.

See Red!

Go Bulls!

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