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Things We Never Thought We’d Say: Bulls Edition, Part 1

May 8, 2013

These dudes would prove to be vital for the Bulls this season. Yeah, I’m pretty surprised, too. (Photo Credit: espn.go.com)

When Joce and I were watching game 7 of the first round of the playoffs, after Blatche proceeded to score over Boozer yet again, Joce turned to me and said, ‘Wow, the Nets probably wouldn’t even be in this game if it weren’t for Andray Blatche.’ She and her friend, Geoff who was also watching the game with us then paused, looked at each other, and said, ‘Did we really just say that about Andray Blatche?’

And thus was this post born – a list of things that we never thought we’d say, that if you’d said them at the beginning of the season, we would’ve laughed in your face. It’s been a year of surprises no one saw coming [the Lakers floundering around .500, anyone?] and the Bulls were no exception to the rule.

For now, we bring you part one of a Bulls-centric list [this is a Bulls blog, after all] with a more general NBA list coming later:

  1. “Hey y’all, Marquis Teague got meaningful minutes in Game 7 of a playoffs series and didn’t completely fuck it up!”
  2. “No Kirk Hinrich? No problem – we’ve got Nate Robinson!”
  3. “Derrick Rose sat out the whole regular season but might come back for the playoffs! LOL JUST KIDDING.”
  4. “Fuck, Luol is out for Game 6.” “Wait – why??” “Oh he’s just getting a SPINAL TAP.”
  5. “Luol and Jimmy combined for 48 minutes in game 1 of round 2.”
  6. “Dude – the Bulls won game 1 of round 2 without Rose, Deng, Hinrich, and with a hobbled Noah/Gibson AGAINST THE HEAT.”
  7. “Never thought I’d see the Bulls go on a 10-0 run to top off a 35-point 4th quarter. Wait. The Bulls scored 35 points in a quarter?!”
  8. “Thibs would rather play Jimmy Butler 48-minutes and see Daequan Cook on the floor than play Rip.”
  9. “Thibs worked his magic and managed to get the Bulls to a 45-37 record and a 5th seed in the Eastern Conference.”

It’s been quite the season has it not, Bulls fans? It’s a good thing I had low expectations coming into the year because I’ve just been pleasantly surprised all year. Whether it’s been the emergence of Jimmy Butler as a legitimate 2/3, the fact that Thibs has managed to corral Nate Robinson into a steady [by his standards] scoring threat, or Joakim Noah reminding us just how goddamn good he is – all without Derrick Rose – I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of this team.

Onto game 2 of the EC semi-finals – beat the heat!

-Joyce

 

 

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