Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The Bulls Are Crazy

I cannot for the life of me figure out this Bulls team. I really can't.

After producing arguably their ugliest performance of the season on Saturday night against the 76ers in arguably their biggest game of the year, the Bulls bounced back to beat the scorching hot Nets 104-101 last night. Can someone explain how these frantic mood swings work, please?

I just don't get these guys. At tipoff, when I saw Luol Deng, Chris Duhon, Eric Piatkowski, and Darius Songalia all lined up in suits on the bench, I figured we were about to embark on one of the Bulls ugly performances. You know, one of those games in which they're down by about 20 in the third quarter and Scott Skiles is frantically changing lineups at a maddening rate as if seeing how Randy Livingston and Luke Schenscher play at the same time on the floor is going to change anything. It would have been understandable. But instead, the Bulls pulled it together and beat a team that had won 15 of 16. They're crazy.

Ben Gordon scored 21 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter and Andres Nocioni had his seventh consecutive double-double, meaning things continue to look much like last year. The Bulls have won seven of nine and travel to Atlanta tonight.

I'll be honest. This game with the Hawks scares me. It would be just like the Bulls to follow up a great win with a clunker against an also-ran. Hopefully, Luol Deng is back because, I swear, I saw Skiles crack a smile late in the win over the Nets. I'm not kidding. It was small, and, in fact, one could probably argue it wasn't really a smile at all, but I thought it was, and I like the good vibes. I don't think Skiles has smiled since he lost his hair.

We're coming for ya, Pistons, we're coming for ya.

Here we go now.


Blogger Bill-DC said...

Fear the Hawks, who beat the Wizards the other night for the first time in a number of years. I can't figure out the Wizards either. They are on the verge of clinching, yet have lost three in a row (Hawks, Sixers & shock, the Heat).

No more Knicks or Bobcats on the schedule as they are at Milwaukee, at Chicago, home to LeBron, home to Milwaukee and they close out at Detriot.

5:53 AM  
Blogger UnknownColumn said...

Well, luckily for the Wizards, they're in. That's a good start. When was the last time they made the playoffs two years in a row? But I'm having a hard time seeing them beat the Cavs in the first round. The Cavs have taken things to a new level and Larry Hughes is back. That's trouble right there.

Their best bet may be to wear the old school Bullets uniforms. That could possibly sway things in their favor.

By the way, I was very disappointed to see that Wizards loss to the Sixers. The Bulls could have used that one.

6:41 AM  
Blogger Bill-DC said...

Wizards lost again to the Bucks and stand at 39-39. They need to bring back those old red, white and blue Bullets uniforms. This teams is nuts, they beat the Pistons twice but can't beat the Heat (with or without Shaq) to save their lives (16 losses in a row).

I think '86-'87 and '87-'88 was the last time they made the playoffs back to back.

4:15 AM  

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