There has been some hub-bub since Tuesday’s game that the Bulls found a new closing line-up in Rose, Brewer, Deng, Gibson, and Asik. This is what happens in sports. Something odd happens and people always need something to write about, so they jump to ridiculous conclusions. If for nothing else, you are not going to sit tens of millions of dollars on the bench in the fourth because a different group found success ONE time. Oh, there are other reasons, but we can stop there and call it a day. Plus, Thibs himself backed me up. “We’ll go back to what we have always done,” quote the used car salesman.
Mark up one more tally in the column titled “Reasons to Hate Oprah.” The propaganda-shilling TV megastar has now possibly affected the NBA playoff schedule. If the Bulls closeout the ATL, Dirty, Dirty tonight, they will meet the Heat for Game 1 of the Conference Finals on Sunday. Originally that game would have taken place on Monday, but Oprah’s cronies need the UC to set up for one of her (thank Christ) last shows. On the plus side, that means win or lose tonight, you can schedule your Sunday Bulls party now, as a loss sees them playing Game 7 on the Sabbath.
Derrick Rose was named in the All-NBA First Team. Seeing as how he was the league MVP, this sounds about right and needs no comment.
The Bulls are three and a half point favorites for tonight’s contest. This hardly matters, for they have been favorites for each game of the series (including a nine-point favorite in the opening loss). If there was one key I would like to see the Bulls execute, it would be another quick start. Sure, they had a quick start and double-digit lead on Tuesday (only to blow it), but playing on the road, I think it is important to get that early momentum and closeout these pesky Hawks.