Doing Things the Right Way…The Bulls Way
So what’s the deal here? The Chicago Bulls keep getting piled on again and again with all these injuries, and they’re still finding ways to win. Is this real life? You better believe it. Going into Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day game, there were four Bulls players on the injury report. Rip Hamilton was out with his shoulder injury. Luol Deng was listed as day-to-day with his wrist. Then the two point guards Derrick Rose and C.J. Watson were both listed as game-time decisions with injuries to their groin and ankle respectively. Although Rose still sat out for the second consecutive game, Deng and Watson made their way out on to the court to help in a Bulls win. The thing is, Watson is still being hampered by his ankle injury. He made it clear after the game that he isn’t playing at 100 percent, even going as far as saying he wouldn’t be playing right now if Rose wasn’t hurting. But I think that right there shows the tenacity of this team. This is what is giving me hope that the Bulls, this Bulls team right here, right now, can make something big happen this year and reach the finals for the first time in over a decade. Most people, if not everyone, have been saying that if the Bulls don’t have players like Hamilton or Deng at 100 percent, there’s no way the Bulls can overcome the Miami Heat in the playoffs. These past several games have really opened my eyes to how much of a true TEAM the Bulls are this year. If one guy falls, you get a couple more to move in and take over. If still another guy falls, then someone needs to get back up on that horse and keep on moving, which is exactly what Watson did for Rose on Saturday night. This Bulls team is a testament to how this game isn't about individual statistics. Not wanting to get too sentimental, but the Bulls are a truly driven group. Right now, if someone asked you who was hungrier for a championship, the Bulls or the Heat, who would you answer? Just because Lebron James has been playing a few more years than D-Rose, he seems to be more deserving of one? To me, it seems like James is more interested in dancing it up at the All-Star Game with his fellow “Big Three” teammates. Dwayne Wade already has his championship. The Bulls are a completely different story. Outside Brian Scalabrine, no one on the roster has tasted the sweetness that comes from being on top and winning it all. This team wants to win. One through fifteen, every player contributes. That’s why we’ll keep seeing Watson and Deng playing through injuries. That’s why we’ll see Rose quietly blow past opponents and get back on defense once he resumes playing. That’s why we’ll keep seeing John Lucas, Omer Asik and Taj Gibson come off the bench night in and night out and be major parts in each and every victory. Perhaps all these injuries are a blessing in disguise; bringing this team together as they all strive for that one goal. This is a guest post by Nick LaBanca from MidwayMadness.com. Midway Madness is a site dedicated to Chicago sports. It is written by Chicago sports fans, for Chicago sports fans. Nick LaBanca is a Columbia College graduate who grew up in Chicago and is an avid Chicago Bulls and White Sox fan. Wanna read more from Nick? Click here.
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