Those of you who know me know that the Chicago Bulls have been the BANE OF MY EXISTENCE throughout the previous year. Whether it was their questionable free agency acquisitions, to their AWFUL trade decisions throughout the season; the Bulls were nothing but a train-wreck. It made me SICK that a team with an illustrious past like the Bulls was reduced down to a fraction of what it once was.
But the crazy part of this story is they ACTUALLY made the playoffs. And right now, they are up 2-0 against the #1 seed Boston Celtics with the next two games to be played in Chicago.
In the beginning, I thought the Celtics had this locked up. I had absolutely ZERO belief in the Bulls making it to the next round with the 35-year old Wade with the 60-year old legs, and the three stooges that came to Chicago via a trade from OKC (Morrow, Lauvergne, and Payne).
But with the way the Celtics have been playing so far, I will gladly say that the Bulls have this series wrapped up. In Game 1, Isaiah Thomas did go off for 33 points, but the rest of the squad couldn’t boost their games to help him.
Then, in Game 2, Jimmy Butler and the Bulls were able to hold Celtics star Thomas to a manageable 20 points, and cruised to a 111-97 victory.
So far, you’ve proved me wrong Bulls, you’ve proved me wrong. But your luck is about to run out.
But the length of their playoff run. I’ll give them until the Eastern Conference Finals. Then, they’ll just get spanked by the Cavs.
And don’t try and give me this; “They are 4-0 on the season against the Cavs” nonsense. Playoff Lebron is a different player compared to regular season Lebron. He’s focused, he’s not “sitting,” or “resting,” and he’s ready to take what’s his.
Two years ago, Lebron was able to put the team on his back and force a Game 6 against the Golden State Warriors in the Finals, while averaging 35 points a game in the process. He was even able to put up 30+ points in five of those games, with three being 40+ points.
Now, with a healthy Kyrie, the Cavs will have the Bulls number and show the world that the Bulls don’t belong in the playoffs this year. Count on it!
But who knows? They can screw it up next round against the Wizards or the Hawks.
And hell, there is still enough time for them to screw up this series too.
If I was a Bulls fan, I’d rather be in the lottery right now. Give the team SOME kind of hope for a higher draft pick. Even if it’s just fourteenth, fifteenth, or sixteenth; at least it’s SOMETHING! Not a damn mid to late 20’s pick.