I just re-watched the Bulls vs. Jazz game (I might have dozed off during the second half last night, but what else is new?). It’s good to see some things just don’t change.
The Bulls got off to a great start, and led by 21 at some point during the first half, went into halftime ahead by 13, then managed to fall behind, and were down by three points in Q4. I’ve seen this one before (all of last year). I should actually be thankful, because last year, there were some quarters where the Bulls couldn’t even score 13 points.
So would I rather have them have to fight to stay ahead at the end of the game after leading by double digits? Or, have to overcome a double-digit deficit with super-human heroics at the end of the game? I guess I’ll take the former.
Although what I’m really looking for is double digit leads throughout, and no heart attacks. No having to turn down the volume and clean the condo (boring) because am unable to watch game due to hyperventilating. And it’s only November!
So this marked the third time the “official” starting lineup played together. JB got into a scuffle (something to do with a moving screen, according to Stacey King) with Jazz player Ingles, and got a technical. Then, the Jazz fans booed him the rest of the night.
Jo got poked in the eye, and evidently, he’s out tonight versus the Nuggets. Not only because of the eye, but because of his left knee (yup, that’s the one the Bulls team docs repaired over the summer).
This got me to thinking about measuring pain. Can that be done? I, for one, know that my tolerance is pretty low. But how can you compare the pain Derrick is feeling vs. what Jo or Pau or Captain Kirk is experiencing?
Jo has definitely played with more than his share of pain, and left the playoffs last year practically on a stretcher.
DRose, on the other hand, won’t play unless he feels “100 percent.” And frankly, Thibs is starting to lose his patience. (Today, on an interview on The Game Chicago, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune said he thinks that even Thibs has grown tired of repeating his “we have more than enough…next man up” philosophy.)
Speaking of DRose, “He’s got to get out there and play,” Thibodeau said. “I thought he did a lot of good things. You could see he’s not real comfortable with the ball yet, but that will come. When Derrick strings some games together, he’s going to take off. He’s got to go. That’s the bottom line. He’s got to go.”
I will say that the Bulls winning Championship #7 is dependent on health, but I contend that no one’s health is more important than Joakim Noah. Whatever did those docs do to him over the summer? He’s a fraction of his former self. We need our heart and soul back!
When it comes to the game at hand, Denver, with everyone but Jo potentially in the starting lineup, the Bulls may have a chance to escape the altitude, and the west with another win.
Thankfully, after Turkey Day, it’s back to the less-than-mighty Eastern Conference, and two games that start in the daytime. Even I should be able to stay awake for their entirety (Celtics noon CST Friday and Brooklyn at 2 p.m. CST on Sunday).
See Red! Go Bulls! Beat the Nuggets.