The Chicago Bulls have done it again! Just when they had been all but counted out by (nearly) everyone, the Bulls handed newly crowned MVP LeBron James and the Miami Heat a stunning defeat in Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals, 93-86.
Luckily for the Bulls, they had their own MVP and he was a beast. Listed at 5’9′’, Nate Robinson played big, scoring 27 points and nine assists for the night. His second-half heroics were most impressive considering the fact that he did it all with a fat lip.
Late in the second quarter, Robinson’s lip was busted in a collision with James and required 10 stitches to close. That didn’t stop Robinson who revealed in a postgame interview that he told the team doctor to “hurry up” so that he could “get stitched up and continue the battle.” He returned to play the entire second-half, fueling the Bulls comeback with a 24-point performance and scoring the team’s final seven points.
Still shorthanded and playing without Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich, this squad of scrappy underdogs has become, dare I say, contenders? Like David and Goliath, the Bulls, led by the smallest guy on the court, stepped up once again clobbering the highly-favored Heat who had won 41 out of their last 43 games.
The Bulls and Heat will meet again on Wednesday in Miami for Game 2, where the gutsy Robinson says that they will be “Playing for each other… playing for the city of Chicago.”
Hollie M. Woods is a writer for Rant Sports covering the Chicago Bulls and the NBA. “Like” her on Facebook.