Am I a bad Bulls fan? I watched more of the Celtics / Knicks game rooting for the Celtics to lose than the Bulls game which was decided pretty much when Derrick Rose showed up at the UC avoiding a car wreck on route to the stadium.
I did catch the highlights, and wow, some awesome highlights. Rose threw down a few dunks, and Asik decided to steam roll the Kings at the end.
The Bulls clearly wanted revenge for last year's embarrassment, because with 1 minute left, the scrubs in, and a 30 point lead, Kyle Korver and C.J. Watson are still launching threes early in the shot clock. The Bulls were still defending, going for steals, running fast breaks.
Seriously, with a 35+ lead and less than a minute left, C.J. Watson is playing the passing lanes and dishing the ball to Asik for a breakaway dunk. With 27 seconds left, Watson launches (and hits) a three with 15 seconds left on the shot clock.
The Bulls wanted revenge, however silly that may seem, and they got it.
Other than that, well, everyone played well in the minutes I saw (most of the first half and the last 6 minutes or so. Boozer is back and was able to get in some work against a sub par opponent. Thibodeau rested the starters for the most part with Luol Deng's 33 minutes leading the team.
The Knicks, unfortunately, weren't able to take care of business. They had the Celtics on the ropes for most of the game, but they completely folded in the fourth quarter, made stupid turnovers and gave up open layups repeatedly, and let the Celtics destroy them.
The Bulls won fifty games for the first time since the Jordan era. I think Carlos Boozer said it best when he said he's been on teams that won 50 games before, and that's not what this team is about. This team is about playoff success. They'll need to build on their regular season in the post season, or ultimately, it won't mean much regardless of what seed they get.
Still, it's great to finally have an elite team again in Chicago.