Thankfully, the Bulls beat Detroit last night (as well they should have), 105 to 94. Unlike the early 90’s Bad Boys ala Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer, I have no reason to hate these Pistons.
In fact, I feel sorry for them. The Palace at Auburn Hills looked half empty. Actually, wait, according to the box score, attendance was 14,007. And despite some really good players who can give the Bulls fits – like Andre Drummond and Rodney Stuckey, the Pistons were no match for our Bulls.
But enough about feeling sorry for them. I’m thankful that the fans don’t give up on their team here in CHI. It’s always a sold-out show, even if the seats aren’t all filled.
And last night, they gave us reasons to be hopeful, with D.J.’s 26 points, Mike Dunleavy’s left-handed sky hook, another triple double from Jo and Taj just tearing it up with 22.
JB played 46 minutes, added 18 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Who woulda thunk it, just a few months ago (Friday, December 13 when the Bulls played Thrill-waukee north of the border), when D.J. made his debut with the Bulls, after literally landing at O’Hare – that he would be the leading scorer, and the one being interviewed by the local Detroit sportscasters?
And what’s more, that any Bulls player other than DRose could be in the MVP conversation.
Today’s big news is the Melo to Chicago story, which the local guys have been talking about, I think since the Knicks’ skid began. Was that game 1 of the season when the Bulls beat them by 1? It was on Halloween, and I was there. And so was DRose…ah, I’m getting emotional.
Na, it probably took more than that first defeat for Melo to start spreading the news…I’m leaving today…I want to be a part of it…Chi-town Chi-town.
Honestly, I don’t think we’re gonna get him, but everybody, the FAN the SCORE, the GAME, ESPN, XYZ, PDQ – they won’t let it go, I guess, until he holds his press conference.
When you get Jo to “recruit” at the All-Star game and DRose to agree to maybe consider, if asked, to recruit Melo, I guess it is news.
But I was more interested in the riveting coverage of the Pistons mascot scaring Jo, and this was following their pre-game bonding time when they played rock-paper-scissors. Good thing the Bulls’ head of security had completed his assignment guarding DRose’s son P.J. in time for this detail.
Let’s get down to business. Forgot the mascot. The Bulls are facing five Western Conference teams in their next six games, broken up only by another easy game vs. the Heat. You know what that means? Most games start at 9 or 9:30 p.m. CT, therefore too late to watch anyway, so no problem?
Nah, the games are on at 6 or 7 p.m. CT. Egads. So we have to watch them? Calls being placed to Adam Silver immediately. NBA game scheduler obviously had the Bulls confused with some other offensive juggernaut-like team.
But no more time to write as I’ll be in the first row of the Bulls vs. Heat game on Sunday (not on the floor, so I guess, really the fourth row) across from the Bulls bench, and given probable appearance on ABC during the game, must try on possible TV-worthy and Bulls appropriate outfits.
Before that, tomorrow night, it’s Bulls vs. Grizzlies, and interesting to note that the Bulls are #4 in the East with their unexpected and fabulous record of 34-37, while the Grizzlies, at 34-26, are #9 in the West. Hmm. I don’t really want to think about that too much. I’m just sayin’.