This NBA season for the Chicago Bulls has been one heck of a roller coaster ride. Some nights, the effort is there, they are locked in defensively and look like the typical Bulls. Other nights, they struggle to find the rhythm and the effort is lackluster. On this night against the Miami Heat, the Bulls got up for this challenge and easily beat the Heat 107-87.
It’s these types of games that make people fall in love with the Bulls. The energy, passion and level of play is at a high level. The Bulls can still compete when they are grinding, sharing the ball and playing with lots of heart. They showed that type of gritty play last season making it all the way to the second round of the playoffs. They just have to get back to playing Bulls basketball: defense, hustle and all-around scoring from everybody.
There were so many things to take away from this game. One telling stat is that the Bulls out-rebounded the Heat 49-27. If you can out-rebound teams like that, it’s hard to be beat. The Bulls’ frontcourt was on a mission to dominate and they did. Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng and Taj Gibson combined for 83 points and 35 rebounds.
Also, Kirk Hinrich, who hasn’t played up to par in recent weeks, controlled this game with 13 points and seven assists. The Bulls have to continue to play with this type of consistency and are capable of doing that.
This was a big win for the Bulls to get over the adversity they have been facing the last few weeks. They are still a little bit in shock over the Derrick Rose knee injury, but as Rose said before this game, you have to keep fighting. I know Heat fans won’t really care about this regular season game too much and the team did play without Dwyane Wade, but the Bulls will take the win no matter who it’s against and how they do it.