Bulls falter on the big stage, lose 100 to 89 to Knicks at MSG

I already wrote a thank you note to Adam Silver and put it in the mail this morning. That is, to thank him for moving the game to the local stations vs. ABC so only me, three other Bulls fan tweeters, and the 7-15 people who watch the MSG Network caught the game.

Failing to account for the holiday (Palm Sunday) factor, I didn’t see this one coming. The Bulls basically getting blown out of Madison Square Garden.

It could be worse. We could be the Knicks, with summer vacation flights departing this Friday.

Probably good the Bulls got a wake-up call with the Knicks’ stifling defense. Seriously, where were these Knicks the rest of the season? Why did they decide to become vigilant defenders the night after they missed the playoffs? Actually, I guess I don’t care all that much. They had nothing to lose, but the Bulls on the other hand, had something to gain.

If they had beat New York, they would remain the #3 seed, and would have a better chance of facing someone other than Brooklyn in round one.

But now they’re back to the #4 seed. To be honest, figuring out who plays whom, when, what continent, month, planet – it will take a mad scientist to figure it out. The Bobcats and Wizards are still up in the air for their seeds, so are the Heat and Pacers. It’s like if the market is up, Jo’s hairdo (man bun) turns out right, it snows in Chicago (predicted for tonight) and it’s somebody’s birthday, the Bulls play Brooklyn. If it’s 75 degrees in New York, Thibs wears a red tie, the price of tea in China goes up and someone sees a rainbow, the Bulls play the Wizards.

Honestly, I don’t know, and Sam Smith, in the first paragraph of his blog, tries to break it down: Bulls Knicked in NY to end seven-game winning streak. You should listen to him. He is, after all, the unofficial official Bulls blogger, and me, well, I’m not.

“Our mindset wasn’t really good,” Joakim Noah said. “We had a golden opportunity. We let a big game slip. It was probably the biggest game of the season.”

“Normally we are able to count on our defense,” said Thibs. “Our defense wasn’t very good tonight.”

“We were lackadaisical at times. We can’t complain about it,” Taj said. He had 13 points and 7 rebounds off the bench.

Right, Jo and Taj did complain, and not to one another, but rather, to the refs. “T for two?” Indeed, technicals for each of them, and Jo got called for it, when in my estimation, he was rather “innocently” applauding after a Knicks player missed a free throw.

Needless to say, Stacey King reported via twitter that the flight home was rough. Watching a replay of the game on their iPads was likely enough to make them air sick, they didn’t need a bumpy ride to add to that.

Let’s hope they’ve made their corrections by this evening, when the Bulls meet the Magic back here at the UC. One thing for certain is clear – they won’t be facing Orlando in the playoffs. They’re already out of contention.

We can be thankful that no one got hurt, the Bulls are in the playoffs, and most importantly – we’re not the Knicks.

See Red!

Go Bulls!

Beat the Magic.

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