On a night when nothing seemed to be going right, Chicago Bulls fans now know one thing for sure: No game is ever out of reach. With the Bulls down by 20 points, and their defense still wandering around somewhere in New Jersey, their chances were looking slim. The Indiana Pacers were getting whatever they wanted on offense. Tyler Hansbrough had another outstanding performance pouring in 29 points and 12 rebounds. His 18 foot jump shot seemed unstoppable. Roy Hibbert’s size was causing problems for us, especially in the first half. Darren Collison was making contested one-handed shots with his eyes closed. It was just one of those nights for the Bulls. To add to the misery, I think I saw one of the referees sporting a Pacers t-shirt underneath his uniform…Okay, that last part was not true, but I would not be surprised if it was. All that aside, this year’s Bulls squad never concedes defeat. Derrick Rose single-handedly brought the team back into the game by scoring 19 of his season-high 42 points in the 4th quarter. He was everywhere on the court. Crazy layups, one-handed catapult shots from 15 feet out, jump shots, and spin moves leaving Pacers in his dust. Most importantly, he made his free throws when they counted. With 1.2 seconds remaining, and the Bulls down by 3, Rose got Collison up in the air and drew the foul from behind the 3-point line. With ice in his veins, Rose sunk them all. That is what it takes to be a star in this league, and Rose showed no fear. Then, Rose blocked a last second 3-point shot by Danny Granger to send the game into overtime. However, in the OT session, Indiana simply outworked the Bulls. Rose then committed his 6th foul of the game, and all hope was lost. They fell to the Pacers by a final score of 115-108.
Despite the loss, this was a statement made by Derrick Rose and the Bulls. They were without Carlos Boozer for the 5th straight game. They showed no effort on defense for the first three quarters. They were on a 2nd night of back-t0-back games. But, with a player like Rose, the Bulls showed that the game is never over to them. When he is in pure attack mode, he is nearly unstoppable. Asked about Rose, Granger said, “He carried them all season, he has my MVP vote. I think he’s probably the most dominant player we’ve played against this year.”
Last season, this Bulls team probably would have packed up camp in the 3rd quarter and put the reserves in. But the 2010-2011 Bulls are a different story. The sky is the limit for this team, and they know they are capable of anything at this point. Nothing is ever good enough for this team. They are not satisfied after a win. Every game, there are different things that they know they could do better. This is the mindset that Coach Thibodeau has implanted in their minds. Right after the game was over, Rose wanted revenge. When asked about the game, Rose replied with the exact response you want from your star player. “That’s a team we could possibly see in the playoffs. I can’t wait to play them again. ” Rose and the Bulls are out for blood.
About the Author
Written by James Sweeney
My name is Jim Sweeney. I am 24 years old and I live in Chicago, Illinois. I am a die hard sports fan. My main team is the Chicago Bulls. I live for the Bulls. To be honest, I didn't really get into the Bulls franchise until the year after the Jordan era. I wish I was a little older at the time so I could have appreciated that era a little more, but I definitely have gone back and done my homework on it. So I became a huge Bulls fan during the dark days. I watched this franchise rebuild from scratch and I take a lot of pride in the fact that I stuck with them. That is when I started studying the game, analyzing exactly what makes up a "good" team in the NBA. The game of basketball in the NBA is an art. When executed to perfection, it is beautiful. Watching shooters sprint around double screens, high pick and rolls(don't forget the pick and pop), low post scoring, properly boxing out for a rebound, getting out in transition, team defense, or just simply putting the ball in your leader's hands down the stretch. This is what I love about basketball, and it's why I am here blogging to you guys. Thanks for reading!