On a day where Derrick Rose proved to have as much media sense as LeBron James pre-decision, the Bulls pull off the shocking upset that's no longer a shock.
Granted, this time the Heat were playing without Dwyane Wade and Chris Anderson, but one would think they'd still find little trouble dispatching a hapless Bulls team which just lost to the Jazz, Cavs, and Davis-less Pelicans. Nope.
As I thought might happen, a matchup against their hated rival snapped the Bulls out of their recent lackluster defensive play and put the energy back in their game. Miami wasn't getting any loose balls last night.
For one night, Chicago got to see Bulls basketball again, and even though I'd definitely prefer to finish the season with under 20 wins and hope for a top three miracle, I'll always love it when the Bulls defeat the Miami Heat.
Seriously, WTF Derrick.
Before discussing some of the individual performances, I have to just ask the Derrick Rose camp, "What the hell?". Do you go out and find a media adviser and ask them what not to say then go with that?
This is the perfect time to discuss why you won't recruit other players to help your team win, and why not mention that you might be back for the playoffs if things are just perfect. That attitude worked so well for you last year.
I don't know, maybe it's just me, but Derrick Rose has got some serious media maturity to do.
Joakim Noah dominated both on and off the court
It's so much fun to watch Noah against the Heat or any team he really dislikes for that matter. He definitely takes things personally. Noah's been slogging through the season so far, but the guns were out last night, he dominated the glass, and chipped in 17 points for the Bulls.
He continued his domination after the game giving the poor beat writers something fun to write about. It's like Joakim Noah is the anti-Rose when it comes to the media.
"People in this city, they don't like (the) Miami Heat. We don't like the Miami Heat. It always feels good to beat them."
Hell yeah we don't.
Luol Deng continues his torrid play
Luol Deng set a personal best with a sixth game in a row scoring over 20 points. I was somewhat surprised by that stat when they announced it. You would have thought Lu would have had a hot streak before and done it, but apparently not.
I'm still hoping that this increased play leads to increased trade value more so than a bigger new contract from the Chicago Bulls. We've seen Deng for a decade, and I simply don't trust him to continue playing offense like this, particularly in the playoffs when it matters most.
Taj Gibson continues to wear the big boy pants
Gibson's playing with ridiculous confidence in his jumper this season and is simply knocking it down with regularity. He's quickened his release and shoots with no hesitation whatsoever. Gibson's giving the Bulls the offense they've always wanted out of him, and after looking like a questionable contract last season now looks like a bargain.
Tony Snell may have a PER of 11.1 because he doesn't do a whole lot in the box score other than shoot, but the Bulls may have finally found exactly what they were looking for. His three point shooting is presently sitting at 42.3% on 2.2 attempts per game. He's gotten hotter as he's played more minutes though.
I think Snell still has a ways to go defensively, but he has all the tools in the toolbox to become a tremendous defender. He looks like he can finally help blend defense and offense at the two guard position. The Bulls may have just done it again from the mid-late 1st in a crappy draft no less.
Teague raised his PER!
If I'm not mistaken, he was sitting at a -7.9 and moved it up to a -7. He still lowered his FG% by shooting 0-3 and missing both his free throw attepmts. Let's just say Teague didn't do anything last night to improve his odds of avoiding the D-League.
The Bulls have had a history of miracle performances against Miami with their back up PGs. Nate Robinson, John Lucas, and CJ Watson have all taken down Miami with tremendous performances. Marquis Teague doesn't look like he's joining that group any time soon.
Carlos looks tough against the HEat
Second time in a row that Carlos Boozer annihilated the Miami Heat with his offense. In the end, much like Deng, I can't get too excited about it until I see him do it in the playoffs though.
One night only...
The Heat didn't want this win like they did last year when the Bulls ended their streak. LeBron spent most of his time laughing on the sidelines during the loss like he was doing his Joe Smith impression.
That said, it's nice to get a reprieve from the crap that will be this Bulls season and get a nice win even if it ultimately just puts us one game further from landing a superstar in the draft.