NO BULL

Derrick Rose is the real deal.  And so are the Chicago Bulls.  I watched Chicago play the Boston Celtics on Thursday night and what was on the screen was hard to ignore.  Like reading a pop-up book, no matter how you looked at it, the content was in your face.  The content of course says that the Celtics could not keep up with Derrick Rose and the rest of the Bulls.  That the Celtics couldn’t keep up probably has as much to do with the Celtics age, combined with the loss of Perkins, as it does Derrick Rose blossoming into the NBA’s best player.  It seems weird to even say it.  And although the statement doesn’t roll off the tip of my tongue, I can’t dismiss it.  His speed, athleticism and much improved jump shot has put the Bulls at the top spot in the Eastern conference after a win against Cleveland on Friday.  Who saw this coming?  We knew the Bulls would be solid, but I for one didn’t expect them to be splitting or tying season series’ with all the best teams in the league.  If you remember during the preseason, the majority of predictions were Miami, Boston and Orlando toggling for the ‘would-be’ beast of the East.  Speaking of preseason questions, remember the “who would you rather have: Derrick Rose or John Wall” question?  That question now seems as silly as the old Kobe or TMac debate from the early 2000’s.  Rose has separated himself in 2010/11 from other top tier guards such as Steve Nash, Tony Parker, and yes, Rajon Rondo.  On Thursday night in Chicago, Rose made Rondo look like a workout cone.  30 points, 8 assists, 2 steals, 5 rebounds.  On the other side of the box score, Rondo finished with a dismal 7 points, 6 assists and 5 boards.  And the numbers aren’t even as indicative as to how one-sided the battle really was.  I made the statement during the game that Rajon Rondo used to be the most fun player to watch in this league.  His unorthodox style of play and the things he’d do with the ball were so unique, but now I have to squint to even see a glimpse of that.  What happened?  Instead, it’s now Rose who has taken my top spot of most entertaining players in the L.  At certain points Thursday, Rose made the Celtics look like they were moving in slow motion.  Have we ever seen a guy of Rose’s size and stature have that mix of skill of athleticism?  If so, who?  Surely guys have been just as skilled, but not with Rose’s ability to outrun a Corvette or hit his head on the shot clock.  His physical gifts are that of a ‘create-a-player’ from a video game.  A point guard from the future maybe.  But #1 for Chicago is so much more than a highlight on SportsCenter.  Rose has overachieved in his last 19 games, propelling the Bulls to 17 wins during the stretch.  Within that time dude is averaging nearly 27 points and 7 assists.  He accounts for roughly 40% of the Bulls offense and has been stepping up big on a defense ranked second in the entire NBA.  Not bad for a kid who should be in his senior year of college.  We’ll need the next month to see if this Bulls team can come out of the tough, top-heavy conference when the lights are brightest.  In the mean time I think they’ll settle for giving Orlando, Boston and Miami nightmares.

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3 Responses to NO BULL

  1. Anonymous says:

    You just can’t predict post season success based on the regular season anymore. Not after the Dallas and Cleveland choke jobs in the past 5 years. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them win it all, nor would I be shocked to see them lose in the second round to Orlando.

  2. Steve says:

    I think theyve lost the last few years in the playoffs so i think that have learned from those experiences

  3. Jeff says:

    Chicago has not won a playoff series since 2007. It will be interesting to see if they can win 3 playoff series to get to the NBA Finals. The Bulls do have a few veteran players and Derrick Rose will be the MVP without question, but the question I have is do they have the playoff experience to get the Bulls to the promised land?

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