Toronto plays Cleveland on the road.
The Bulls play Milwaukee at home.
The "memo" video is playing at the UC, and I will be there for it's debut with Justin to see it in all it's glory on the jumbotron [anyone looking to meet up, let me know].
Let's face it, the stars are aligned for the Bulls come out of this night tied for the final playoff spot with the Raptors.
And that's exactly why I just can't trust it. We've wanted this playoff spot so bad, and have been fighting hard to get it back. The team is finally healthy, and it appears like the momentum may actually be swinging in our favor.
I'm not going to lie to you. I believe it will happen now. I don't want to believe it. I don't want to get sucked into the false hope, because honestly, the logical side of my brain still thinks the odds are still against us, but the heart is ignoring that side. I believe despite myself.
The Bulls will make the playoffs, and the problem is, it will hurt again if they don't. I had already gone through the five stages of grief for this season, but it's going to start all over again if they don't get in because I believe again.
I don't believe the playoffs mean a ring, or a second round appearance, but I do think it means Chris Bosh finds a home in Chicago. The Bulls are simply better than Miami when healthy, have more pieces required to contend, Bosh won't have to play center, and Bosh can be "the man" here at least for a couple years most likely.
He's a better fit here, and he'll see it only if we convince him. To do so, we need to step on his throat and knock him out of the playoffs. That opportunity is what I grieve if we miss the playoffs.
For me, this off-season is about the big three. It's always been a long shot to land one, but landing one means contender status. It means contender status for the long haul, not two-three years before Joe Johnson gets old or Boozer and Amare flake out on you.
It means a future. An end to this toiling in the first round of the playoffs hoping just to sneak into the second round. This playoff chase is not meaningless. It could mean everything, and we're right back in it again.