So the bulls beat Oklahoma City winning their fourth straight on the road. The second time this season they've won four in a row. They did so by beating four quality opponents. The Suns, Rockets, Spurs, and Thunder. Interestingly, this is the second season in a row that the Bulls have done well on the Ice Capades trip while at a difficult point in their season.
Last year, the Bulls also went 4-3 winning some tough games on the road, this year they're 4-2 so far, and I think everyone considers this trip a success whether they win the last game or not.
More importantly, Derrick Rose has stepped up and put the team on his back for most of these wins. There were questions about whether you can turn into an aggressive demanding player when you start out a passive one. Derrick has answered the bell. More on this tomorrow, but Rose is definitely back on the perennial all-star path.
Sadly, I only saw bits and pieces of the game last night, part of the first quarter, and then the late 3rd, early 4th followed by the end of the game. It's not really enough to give you an honest account for how everyone played, but every time I looked around Derrick Rose hit a big shot.
The Thunder looked absolutely dejected by the end of the game, as the Bulls just answered every time they'd try to make a mini-run. Not that I doubt there were many in Chicago, but anyone putting forth the "Russell Westbroook is better than Derrick Rose" vibe was answered pretty soundly tonight.
Where do the Bulls go from here? They're .500 with 38 games to play. I'm still cautious in fully embracing the Rose has arrived train, but if he continues to play as he has the past few games then they definitely have a shot of that or even better. We haven't seen a stretch of dominance this great from Rose yet. He's playing the best ball of his career. While he's almost certainly still ascending towards the peak of his abilities in his career, he's likely to still have a few more valleys before getting even better.
All I know is that Derrick Rose has turned the Bulls into appointment TV again. I know longer watch out of pseudo obligation to you readers or because I love basketball. I watch now because I have to, because I don't want to miss it.
The Bulls aren't bringing home the title this year, but they have become fun to watch again. They have rekindled hope for the future. Derrick Rose's recent play is greatly enhancing their chances of landing a star next season.