ICYMI, the Bulls defeated the Magic last night 108 to 95. Biggest storyline there was D.J. missed the game due to “personal reasons” – his wife had a baby, so Thibs just looked around the locker room and found someone else to step in.
It was Jimmer Time! Jimmer Fredette scored 17 points in 30 minutes, and got the basket that led to THE most important achievement of the evening – Big Macs for the fans at the UC (when the Bulls score 100 or more).
The Bulls’ leading scorer was Mike Dunleavy, with 22. Boozer had a double double. Jo was two assists away from a triple double. Once again, six guys in double figures, including the rookie, Tony Snell.
When have you heard this before? Oh, maybe a few days ago or last week. They never know who it’s gonna be, but somehow, some way, the Bulls get it done, find the points, go to the guy with the hot hand, and play as a team.
I just listened to a post-game interview with Joakim and if you just played the audio and disguised the voice, it could have been Thibs.
These crazy Bulls, they all say the same thing! Concentrate on the next game. Get ready for the next opponent. Don’t short-change the system. Make improvements. Know your job. Do your job.
And Thibs has got them believing they can beat anybody.
I just looked back at some of my blogs from the close of the last season, and in the final regular season game, the Bulls beat a team I called “lowly,” the Washington Wizards, who the Bulls maybe indeed face in the first round this year. Not so lowly anymore, yet I don’t think they know how to spell d-e-f-e-n-s-e, so the Bulls should prevail, assuming they get the Wiz and not the Nets.
And I’ll confess right now, that I was also just watching a little NBA-TV (I have got a disease, and it’s called Bulls basketball – I need a therapist). Anyway, one of those commentators said the Bulls aren’t as good as they were last year.
Hold on. This year, the Bulls enter the playoffs with guys who can actually walk! There might not be a Nate, but there’s a D.J. and a Dunleavy. Sure, no Belinelli, no Lu, but look at Taj’s improvement, and JB’s defense.
And if the Bulls are either so bad or not so good, why is it in every article you read, the Bulls are the team nobody wants to face in the playoffs?
Just think about it.
“We’re hungry; we want this. We believe in one another. We believe in our system. It feels great to be in this position right now, but we’re definitely not satisfied. We want more; we feel like we can do more. It’s a group that’s gone through so much adversity. To be in this position is definitely a blessing. But we’re not satisfied. Expectations don’t help you win games. We believe in ourselves. We believe in our abilities. We believe we’re going to be a tough out.”
One game left, and then it’s on to the second season. And I, for one, can’t wait. Although paying for a Finals ticket AND much-needed therapy might break the bank. Good thing I get paid so much for writing Bulls Banter.
Beat the Bobcats.
Congratulations to former Bulls All-Star Luol Deng on receiving an award recognizing his philanthropic work in Africa, the United Kingdom and United States: Luol Deng wins J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.