May 2011

Bulls Season in Review

So earlier I wrote an initial reaction to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and the way the Bulls’ season ended was one that everyone involved would like to forget immediately.  But the sting and bitter taste left from last night’s defeat shouldn’t tarnish what was a fantastic season for the Bulls.

Bulls Have No One to Blame but Themselves

A few words come to mind after watching yesterday’s game between the Bulls and the Heat: unacceptable…inexcusable…disheartening…disgusting…sickening.  The Bulls weren’t going to come back and win the Eastern Conference Finals.  Game 6 was going back to Miami, where the Heat have yet to drop one playoff game this year.  But at least the series was going to be extended to give the Bulls a chance.  But once again, when LeBron James and Dwyane Wade started flexing their muscles, Derrick Rose and the Bulls couldn’t get out of their own way.

Preview: Bulls vs Heat Game 5

Well the Bulls made a liar out of me in Game 4, though they certainly played better and played with heart and passion all four and a half quarters.  Unfortunately, passion only gets you so far, and the Heat proved the more talented team and the one with more ammunition in what turned into a war of attrition.  Joakim Noah returned to his defensive norms, and brought energy throughout the game.  The Bulls simply were too gassed to compete at the conclusion of the contest, and some very questionable play-calling led to their defeat in overtime.

Quick Preview: Bulls vs Heat Game 4

It’s no secret that Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight is critical and must-win for the Bulls.  Fall behind LeBron James and co. 3-1 and the series is pretty much wrapped up.  But tie the series at 2 heading back to the United Center, and momentum – and home court advantage – will be recaptured.  Of course, the big news going into tonight’s game is the homophobic slur that Joakim Noah hurled at a Miami fan Sunday night.  Noah has been fined $50,000 for the incident, and has apologized.  The question becomes, will this incident be a distraction for the Bulls?

Sox Slowly Turning Season Around

Two out of three aint bad, so the saying goes, and the White Sox are taking that mantra to heart, winning 9 of their last 12 games.  After taking series from the Mariners, Angels, and Athletics, the Sox returned home to split a two game series with defending American League Champion Texas and sweep a two game set with division-leading Cleveland.  All this winning would seem to put the Sox back on track and back in the hunt for the division, right?