Drink: g sake – or possibly Joy, the bottle is a bit confusing (regardless, it’s for my homies in Nippon – and I mean that with all sincerity)
Gyaruson, ‘o gyaruson, this was an odd one. Although, on the other hand, the Grizzlies are also an odd team to figure out. Rudy Gay goes down and this team hardly seems to miss a beat. Hell, two nights ago the Grizz beat the Celts at the Garden – however, Boston can hardly seem to piece together anything as of late. Conversely, the Grizz dropped two against a Knickerbocker team that have struggled against any roster since acquiring one Carmelo Anthony – Interruption from the Told Ya So Dept: Remember way back when, when the Bulls were in the Melo sweepstakes? When everyone was up in arms that the Bulls were not considering trading Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, Omer Asik, the next decade of draft picks, and three gallons of caviar for defensive powerhouse Carmelo Anthony? Wella, wella, look how that turned out for NY. Is there any question that the Bulls are infinitely better off for not making that trade?
So where were we? Oh yeah, tonight’s game! The Grizz played some great D on this one early on. Rose was not being an aggressor to begin with, but it did not matter much when he did – as he had a wretched night from the floor (6-22 FG). In fact, Rose struggled greatly in this one, but was able to make up for it with his drives to the basket (that often lead to the charity stripe – where he went 12-13). Luol Deng was the hero (if there was one), ending with 23 points and 6 rebounds. An honorable mention goes out to Taj Gibson. Carlos Boozer instantly proved that he could not handle Zach Randolph’s game. After a few early fouls, Gibson came in and turned around the game (which would be turned back-and-forth a few more times). Taj was everywhere (read: the defensive AND offensives end). I assume his 16 minutes were due to his nagging toe injury.
In the end, I consumed a metric ton of sake, and the Bulls squeezed out a victory. It was one of those games you just assumed the Bulls would take over at some point, so when they did pull out the victory, you were less than impressed. That is what it is like to become a – all of a sudden – spoiled Bulls fan.