The Chicago Bulls have done tonight what everyone thought was impossible: they beat the Miami Heat. Not only did they beat them, they did it without guard Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, arguably their top two players.
Coach Tom Thibodeau had his team ready to play tonight. All odds were against them, and nobody believed they could do it.
But, just like the scrappy and confident team they are, the Bulls shocked the world.
Whether it was Kirk Hinrich playing tenacious defense and creating open looks for his teammates, Jimmy Butler suffocating his man and finishing on the other end, Taj Gibson hitting clutch open shots down the stretch, or Nate Robinson knocking down open 3-pointers, the unlikely stepped up big tonight.
Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer led the Bulls offensively. Deng finished with 28 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. Boozer ended with 21 points and 17 giant rebounds to go along with three assists.
This win gives the Bulls an immeasurable amount of confidence going into the end of the season and heading into the playoffs. It also gives Rose a reason to return. This team may not be flashy or full of superstars, but folks, this team is good when it counts.
This team is excellent at playing team basketball. This team understands their coach’s philosophy on defense and that no matter who is injured, the “next man up” will always be good enough.
Richard Hamilton also missed the game due to injury, as has been the common theme lately for Chicago. Therefore, the Bulls ended the NBA‘s second-longest winning streak without three of their starters.
Anybody else excited for playoff basketball?