Just managed to watch an entire Bulls game on national TV (ABC), and on the upside, the Bulls made it a game – until the masked man, Russell Westbrook took over in the final minutes.
Despite the Thunder’s uniform disadvantage – with the Bulls sporting their traditional sleeveless jerseys that read “Bulls” on the front, versus Los Bulls or Chicago Celtics, it wasn’t enough. OKC got the short-sleeved PJ jerseys, which successfully contributed to a close game throughout, but didn’t stop them in the end.
I was proud of our Bulls for competing in this one, but oh, how much greater it would have been to get the W. Yes, there are reasons to be upset. The Bulls are 4-7 since DRose went out, and they’ve lost the last five of six. Thanks goodness the 76ers are still in the league, as that’s the Bulls’ one lone win in the past few weeks.
Since I’ve returned from Hawaii, I’m trying to be more “chill,” and not get so wound up about everything. Yes, this includes our Bulls.
They’re going to make the playoffs, my friends. And today’s performance against the “Rising Thunder” showed what they can do, even without three of their best players.
It pains me more to watch a blowout, which was often the case last season, when the Bulls couldn’t even score 80 in a game, and when basket covers followed them around every arena they visited.
This year, there’s a sense of hope, knowing that DRose, Taj and JB are coming back. Quite a formidable trio, especially when healthy and well-rested.
If there’s any kind of silver lining, it has to be the emergence of Nikola Mirotic, along with solid play from Snelly Cat and the “Thunder-stopper,” E’Twaun Moore. And Jo put some points on the board today – with 15, so that’s encouraging.
And I take joy in knowing that unless the Bulls lose every single one of their remaining games (which, I guess, is possible, the way things have been going) – I’m going to make it to my first playoff game.
With that in mind, I started looking at possible opponents, and I’m not thrilled about any of them. Pick your poison: Pacers (too big, too pesky, too good and Paul George is returning), Heat (them again? just saying “Miami Heat” causes me to become angry, for all the games and series lost, although would be fun to see Luol), Hornets (the incessant buzzing they pipe into the arena where they play ought to be banned by Adam Silver), Wizards (seriously? Nene, Gortat, Wall, Paul Pierce. Absolutely not).
And then there’s the poor Bucks. In addition to the unsightly dark green uniforms, they would have no home court advantage versus the Bulls, since their “home court,” lucky for Bulls fans, is “United Center North” (the Bradley Center).
So I’ll take the Bucks, winners of the ugly uniform contest in the opening round. The Bulls need any kind of advantage they can get – it’s time to take no prisoners. United Center North, here we come. And besides, with close proximity, just a 90-minute bus ride (assuming no snow), it will save our Bulls from the inconvenience of flights and possible unstructured time in cities like Miami or DC, where there’s a night life, and the Bulls could get themselves into trouble if Thibs lets them out of the film room.
Thrill-Waukee – not so much. Enjoy the time in the hotel, and a possible excursion for some cheese curds and/or brats.
In other basketball news, the UConn men, behind Ryan Boatright manage to power their way to win after win. Wishing them another victory today versus SMU, although, in true Bulls-like fashion, they’re trailing by a lot at the half. Men, I strongly suggest you follow the lead of your fellow UConn women, not our come-from-behind Bulls.
And good luck to the UConn Women as well (although they don’t need it).
Beat the Pacers.