Chicago Bulls blowout Denver Nuggets in bone crushing win. The Chicago Bulls prove once again what they can do with their backs against the wall. With the Rose curse of injury blasting Chicago harder than the weather, they came to not only win, but dominate. Just when the adjustment came that Rose would be watching another season from the sidelines, the Deng dagger hit. Luol Deng sent packing to the Cavaliers for Bynum? Once again Chicago rode the train of getting rid of key players that could potentially win championships. It takes time to build a team, the players must mesh, gel, and grow together. Chicago Bulls ownership is infamous for either running off key players or just not doing enough for them to stay.
This is crystal clear in the number of championships attained since 1998. A whopping zero, this is not due to lack of talent or all-star quality. The players are traded and shipped off to other teams with complete disregard to building a championship team. Joakim Noah seems to be the pulsating nucleus of the Bulls. Through all the trades and injuries he stands tall with massive amounts of heart. Noah is having one of the best seasons of his career earning 11.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Noah led the league in rebounds several times throughout his career and lays his soul on the ground for every game. Noah was key in the Denver Nugget blow out, 117-89, when another key player left the game with a rib contusion. The injury monster loves to play on the courts of Chicago. Jimmy Butler suffered a rib contusion following a lay up in the first Quarter. Butler displayed that old Chicago Bulls heart that wins games continuing to play with the injury. Butler was later taken out for x-rays and is awaiting the results.
D.J. Augustin was almost completely severed from the roster several weeks ago, but proven he is much-needed. Augustin cemented that he deserves to play in Chicago by leading the team in scoring with 22 points. Augustin was joined by seven other Bulls capturing double-digit scores. The Chicago Bulls shot phenomenally well from both the field and beyond the arc. From three-point range they were able to drain an outstanding 58.8 percent. Note: that was without the current reigning three-point champion Marco Belinelli. Yes, before Marco Belinelli won the three-point shoot out at all-star break for the Spurs he was a Bull. Yet another curve thrown into the Bulls ever-changing offense.
Battling through that curve is Tony Snell a new-comer to Chicago. Snell was able to contribute 20 points to the annihilation of the Nuggets. Taj Gibson, Kirk Hinrich, Carlos Boozer and Mike Dunleavy stock piled their usual steady points securing the W. With all the transitioning and loss of players to trades and injuries the Bulls were pegged low on the totem pole. No matter what is thrown at Chicago they continue to come out swinging night after night. It is this everlasting endurance and sheer will to survive that equates to a solid team.
Da Bulls five-game winning streak after All-Star break is not classified as a surprise to Tom Thibodeau, it was a necessity. Inserting players into the Bulls Franchise like Joakim Noah secures that heart is a necessity for consistent W’s. The Chicago Bulls heart has proven time and time again it will win games.
Editorial By Ebony Waller