Coming off an impressive victory over the Miami Heat this past Sunday, the Chicago Bulls were riding high with momentum and were looking to get back-to-back wins against both of the NBA Finals participants from a season ago. Unfortunately, momentum can only last so long in the NBA as the San Antonio Spurs, the Finals runner-up, came to Chicago and dominated the Bulls to start the game, then held on after a late rally to defeat the Bulls.
By jumping out to a 38-14 first-quarter lead and a 61-33 halftime lead, the competitive phase of this previously anticipated game was seemingly over rather quickly. In the first half, the Bulls were so bad that the Spurs’ trio of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard outscored the entire Bulls team 38 -33.
In the second half, the Bulls made it a competitive game by cutting the lead down to eight late in the game after trailing by 32 earlier. For the Spurs, this performance showed us that once again this team is more than capable of making yet another title run. For the Bulls, this performance showed us that they are a good team that will only be great when the team obtains an elite scorer from the perimeter not named Derrick Rose.
While both teams will definitely make the postseason once again this year, the Spurs will be just fine while the Bulls will struggle just to even advance past the first round. Unless Joakim Noah and Kirk Hinrich can turn into 20-point scorers night in and night out, the Bulls won’t be making any noise in April and May despite playing in an easier conference.