For the second home game in a row, McDonalds is a little poorer, Chicago is a little fatter, and Bulls fans have something good to talk about.
The real story here is that Derrick Rose looks like he's turned the corner. He's staying aggressive all game long. He's getting into the lane and taking better jump shots when he does shoot the jumper. He's getting to the free throw line on a consistent basis. He's starting to deliver consistent, efficient offense for the Bulls.
It can't be overstated how much of a benefit it is for the Bulls to have Derrick Rose break out and become the best player of this team as they win. It gives fans hope that he can still become a special franchise player [I still don't think it's likely he reaches that peak, but hell even if he becomes a Deron Williams or Brandon Roy rather than a LeBron or Kobe who could complain?]. It makes it exceedingly likely that we'll make the playoffs [always good]. It vastly increases the odds of a top tier FA coming to the Bulls next season [Hey Chris Bosh, turn on some Bulls games now].
The Bulls have won four in a row, and Vinny Del Negro certainly has established some job security with the win. They're now 4-0 with Tyrus Thomas back and playing with the full complement of players. This goes back to my early analysis of the season, with everyone healthy, the Bulls are a good team. Even missing one player, the drop off is severe, and the team can fall apart.
The Bulls have only played eight games with at full health, but they are 6-2 in those games including three wins against title contenders (San Antonio, Cleveland, and Orlando) with the two losses coming on the road against good teams (Boston and Miami). What would the Bulls record be right now if they had Hinrich and Tyrus all season? We'll never know, but I think it's a safe bet that they'd be over .500 right now.
Even though the Bulls are a mere 14-17, they sit just two games out of the 5th seed and a half game out of the 6th seed. While their schedule has softened considerably recently, they've still played a large portion of their extremely difficult games. As long as they stay healthy a playoff run is going to happen, even if it's a short one against an elite team.
In a week, this win will only be as big as the momentum it carries the Bulls to, but it was a big win to get right now so savor it.