The Chicago Bulls lost Game 5 to the Cleveland Cavaliers 101 -106 and are in danger of being eliminated from the postseason. The Cavaliers now have a 3-2 edge over the fading Chicago Bulls. The Bulls back are now against the wall, and have to fight with desperation from here on out. I can hear Derrick Rose’s voice right now if the Chicago Bulls were to lose this series: “If anything, we should have won this series!”
That would be correct Derrick, seeing how your team has more playoff experience, cohesion, and depth than the injury riddled Cleveland Cavaliers.
I just don’t get it? This was suppose to be the Bulls’ shining moment. I thought they were tired of losing in the post season, tired of injury plagued seasons, and more importantly tired of dreaming about winning a NBA championship. All of those grueling postseason years where Bulls fans wished “If only we were healthy” ran through their heads–and this is the thanks we get! Where is the hunger? Where is the passion? This is a golden opportunity, and you guys are letting slip away at the hands of Cavaliers players such as Matthew Dellavedova, Iman Shumpert, and Timothy Mozgov. What the hell is going on?”
I know you guys are not scared of the big bad wolf known as LeBron James? …although his game 5, stat line of 38pts, 12reb, and 6 assists would intimidate any opponent. Fear at this moment is not a option. This series should have been over with already! For God’s sake Kyrie Irving is playing on one foot! How in the world did he manage to score 25 points, seemingly growing more confident as he splashed three pointers in bulls defender faces?
How is Cavaliers Forward Tristan Thompson annihilating the Bulls big men on the glass? Thompson seems convince that Noah is soft, did anybody see the expletives he kept repeating over and over at Joakim Noah as he finished a and one play in the second quarter? The bottom line: the Cleveland Cavaliers want this series more than the Chicago Bulls. If not, why would the Bulls not exhibit the killer instinct that we are begging for all season. Its because they don’t have it. All season long the Bulls have had horrible regular season losses only to respond with great wins against some top tier teams. The San Antonio Spurs fell to the Bulls 84-101 on January 22, after the Bulls endured losing six of eight games prior to that game. Then you can look at the Golden State Warriors the Bulls beat 113-111 in overtime on January 27th. This win was supposed to represent that the bulls were back to their winning ways only to lose the next two games to inferior opponents such as the Phoenix Suns and the rebuilding Los Angles Lakers.
With there backs against the wall and the seat of Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau starting to boil, is it fair to predict the Chicago Bulls can win the next two games? The Bulls seem to play their best basketball when the noise of losing, constant media nagging of underachieving, and their toughness is questioned. With the noise louder than ever, and the uncertainty darker than it has ever been, now would be a great time for the Bulls to summon that big game spirit that comes and sadly always goes.