2013 NBA Playoffs
It may seem as if the San Antonio Spurs are playing for an NBA title every year. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker know only too well how very long it’s been since their last chance.
In many ways, LeBron, Wade & Co. strikes me as Chicago’s new version of the Detroit Pistons’ “Bad Boys,” the hated mountain that the Michael Jordan-era Bulls once had to climb. And while losing to the Heat again is disappointing indeed, just like with the Pistons, this series loss will only make victory all the sweeter when the Bulls finally do beat them.
And with the 94-91 Game 5 loss in Miami, the 2012-13 Chicago Bulls are nothing more than a memory.
It may seem like months ago, but it was just last week when the world was reintroduced to Filomena ‘Phyllis’ Tobias.
As I sit and type this out it feels like I’m back in the fall dissecting numbers to quantify Jay Cutler putting up a clunker of a performance in an important game. Except it’s not fall and the game isn’t being played outdoors.
But I also happen to think this: Playing without Derrick Rose in the playoffs could actually be a very good thing for the Bulls in the long run.
If you have any recollection of the Miami Heat against the New York Knicks in a violent best-of-five, then last night’s Bulls game looked awfully familiar.
For any Bulls fan, Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals was just plain ugly.
For the depleted Bulls, this is nothing new.
Though he wasn’t able to help his teammates fight off the Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Luol Deng was there in spirit. .
The writer who did not choose LeBron James of the Miami Heat as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player believes Carmelo Anthony “meant more to his team” this season.
When the Bulls take on the Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday night, they’ll be extremely shorthanded.
Hidden behind the angst and anger surrounding Derrick Rose’s decision not to play thus far in the depleted Bulls’ playoff run was the hope that maybe No. 1 would suit up when the time was right to lead his team.
Nevertheless, with the Bulls a M*A*S*H unit – featuring calf pulls, plantar fasciitis, debilitating viruses and even spinal taps – many Chicagoans are indeed seeing a different kind of red as the team hobbles its way into tonight’s decisive Game 7 against the Nets in Brooklyn.
Things keep getting worse for the depleted Bulls.
Nate Robinson didn’t really have a choice on Thursday night – he had to play.
With a 3-2 lead, the Bulls will try again to wrap it up when the series shifts back to the United Center on Thursday.
Derrick Rose has been medically cleared to play for over two months.
After an MRI on his sore left calf following Game 4’s marathon finish, Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich has been ruled out for Game 5.
Is Derrick Rose truly Public Enemy No. 1 among Chicago Bulls fans, or is he just Public Enemy Right Now?