1. The Bulls lost to the Pacers last night. And yes, it was one of those games. The kind where you either have to look away entirely and watch NCIS re-runs, or do like I did, and turn off the volume, then check your iPhone for the two other key NBA outcomes.
2. It was critical that the 76ers beat those Knicks. Why so important you ask?
Listen, the Bulls have to play the 76ers again tonight (Saturday), and I feel bad for this team. That rookie Carter-Williams. Well, I like the kid. In fact, when the Bulls defeated the 76ers on Wednesday night, handing them their 22nd straight loss, I felt sorry for them. They played hard, and even gave the Bulls some fits and scares. I’ll confess – I kinda like the way they play together. Egads. I sound like Thibs.
But I got over the Bulls’ defeating the 76ers quickly. This is, after all, a fight to advance up the Eastern Conference standings for our Bulls, to their rightful place – #3 (just this year, when DRose is back, rightful place is #1).
So last night, I really really wanted the 76ers to beat the Knicks. This way, the Bulls won’t have to hand them their 24th straight when they meet again tonight.
So today is Benny the Bull’s birthday. You know what that means. The roof is gonna be blown off the UC. If our Bulls cannot pull off a victory tonight, well, both Thibs and I might both be quitting this thing.
3. The Raptors needed an L last night so the Bulls don’t lose any ground to them in the quest to #3. Thankfully, you can count on KD and his game-winning shot in double OT and 155 points, or whatever he scored.
We didn’t want our Bulls to lose (they did); we didn’t want the 76ers to lose (they did too), but at least the Raptors got it right (Oh Canada!).
Instead of throwing one of my tantrums, giving most two-year olds a run for their money, I’ve decided – let’s be thankful.
1.) The Bulls are in fourth in the East, a higher seed than they finished last year.
2.) D.J. Augustin continues to impress, and against one of his former teams, the Pacers, with something to prove, had 17 points, tied for Bulls’ leading scorer with JB, who, by the way, played 45 minutes 21 seconds. I’m tired just typing that.
3.) DRose aside, the Bulls are healthy.
4.) It’s Benny the Bull’s birfday!
5.) The Bulls have successfully established themselves as the team no one wants to face in the playoffs. And that’s not a bad place to be.
Now, if only they can find a way to address the scoring “droughts” which have really become their biggest obstacle.
And I’m not going to be much help, as I’ll be joining DRose on the bench for a while. Let’s hope that one of us is ready to go in time for the playoffs.