Drink: Florida Orange Juice
The Bulls looked like a team that because of plane issues got into Newark at 4:15 am on gameday. Unless you are a woman of the night or a junkie, you would not be out at that time in Newark. Trust me on this. So when they started sluggishly in rotating on D to the tune of an early 7-2 deficit, it looked like the late night left them groggy. Our boys have been winning ugly, pretty and every other way as of late, so a game like this can be forgiven. With Brooke Lopez as the opposing center, the absence of Noah loomed large. But then again, the Nets are awful. I mean, Jay-Z is one Sasha Vujacic injury away from joining the guard rotation.
D-Rose was aggressive to the rack and had a sweet lefty lay-up, followed by one with the right where the Net defense seemed like a poorly told myth. The Nets were balanced early on. They found open looks and were quick to wipe the glass clean. The Bulls battled and were down one after a quarter.
Unit: DJ Trainwreck filtered in towards the end of the first and played with Deng as the lone starter in the second. Kim Kardashian’s rumored bro-hunk Kris Humphries did his best Blake Griffin impression with a thunderous rebound dunk. The next time down the court, the freshly STD’d forward was spring-loaded for an alley-oop flush. If that wasn’t enough, he bodied up for a tough 3 point play in which at least three players contracted crabs. The Bulls answered with some Boozer postmanship and the Nets took some very ill-advised shots. Chicago went up 5 late in the half, and after an impressive late lay-up by Rose was answered by a Devin Harris floater, the Bulls led by one.
When the second half started, I shook my head in watching Keith Bogans trot back out as the worst starting guard in the NBA. Ronnie Brewer is a physical and highly active player. When the Bulls start each half sluggishly, isn’t it obvious that they need a non-sucka emcee on the floor? Bogans supporters, Bogers if you will, may point to his 100% shooting on one shot in the game. I would point to his 5 fouls in 13 minutes and a minus 14 when he was on the court. Now Rose was also -14, but note again that Bogans played just 13 minutes? Only first round 1 vs. 16 seeds in the NCAA tourney have players with such a minus rate. So Keith Bogans is Radford University.
The Bulls were UGLY in the 3rd quarter. They ain’t got no alibi. The Nets were simply sharper and quicker to any loose ball or rebound. The period ended with D-Rose dribbling the rock off his foot leading to a fast break jam. Ugh, down 13 to the Nets.
A UDJTW featuring Luo got the Bulls going in the final stanza. Don’t ask how. UDJTW is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. They got the lead down to two with just under 6 to play with pure moxie kid. The Nets went with their starters down the stretch. Though Rose came in late, Boozer and Taj stayed on the bench and Asik stayed in. Down a bucket with 11.1 left, CJ Watson took a long two and got fouled. He hit both from the stripe only to watch Vujacic get to a loose ball and flip up a shot with just over 5 seconds left. Rose missed a 3 at the buzzer and the Bulls lost by a deuce.
If you want upside, I’m here to catch ya on a trust fall. Deng was the only starter to log more than 40 minutes. Hells bells, when Kurt (Sgt. Murtaugh) Thomas plays longer than Booze, you know coach Thibs is packing it in for the next game. Four games in five nights means that ya gotta size up the battle of attrition with long-term vision.