What this Season Could Have Been for the Chicago Bulls

With the Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat second round NBA playoff series starting tonight, I cannot help but think about what this season could have been for the Bulls.

Thus far, the Miami Heat are looking like they’re in a good position to defend their championship title. LeBron James, who just earned his 4th MVP award, and the Heat will be rested and ready to face the Bulls after their first round sweep over the Milwaukee Bucks 

The Bulls, on the other hand, are coming off of their series against the Brooklyn Nets that went to 7 games.  As a result, they will be playing the Heat on one day of rest following their hard fought first round series.

If Derrick Rose had never torn his ACL about a year ago, I wonder what position the Bulls would be in right now?

Photo Credit: Keith Allison

Photo Credit: Keith Allison

Without Rose, the Bulls finished 5th in the Eastern Conference.  If Rose had never been injured, I believe that the Bulls would have been a very strong team this season.  They likely would have had more wins during the season which would have possibly given them a better seed and a different opponent for this round.

As long as everyone else on the Bulls had the same kind of season they had this year, I would even go as far as saying that I believe the Bulls could have been the strongest competition for the Heat (especially considering Russell Westbrook’s injury now). Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, Kirk Hinrich, and Luol Deng have all had good seasons.

While I do think it would be nothing short of amazing if they win this series against the Heat, I am not completely counting the Bulls out.  They do have a steep up hill battle though.  They were the team that ended Miami’s streak earlier this season, but that was one game, not the four they need to win the series.

The Bulls do have some health problems besides Rose to worry about for the up coming games that will have a big impact on their ability to hang in their with the Heat. Luol Deng has been sick with something similar to the flu and had complications from a procedure at the hospital.  Kirk Hinrich is day-to-day because of a calf injury.  Also, Joakim Noah has had a consistent foot injury, plantar fasciitis, for much of the second half of the season.  Noah’s injury needs rest and he played a lot of minutes in the Bulls last two games, so that could be a concern moving forward.

Could Rose come back for this playoff series? Pretty much since the All-Start break, there has been questions about him returning. There was even talk yesterday about him playing the Miami Heat tonight. You never know, but I doubt he will play tonight or this series.  I think if he is going to play, it would have made a lot of sense for him to start by building up minutes or at least playing some in the Bulls first round series against the Nets.  Also, I cannot imagine that he would want his first game back to be against the Heat’s defense.  We will see though.  He has not said he will not play.  It would certainly be exciting to see how things go if he does play.

Although this could have been a completely different match up than it is, it’s not reality. I am still looking forward to watching this series.  Maybe there will be the chance next year to see how the Bulls with Rose match up with the Heat.

Until next time,

Hannah

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Derrick_Rose_2.jpg

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It may still be cold outside, but the Heat have been HOT

The Miami Heat lost last night after a 27 game win streak.  While they fell short of breaking the NBA record of 33 games, it was incredibly impressive to have put together this win streak.  Before this streak if someone had told me the Heat (or any NBA team) won 27 straight games, I would have thought they were talking about a video game.

To put the length of the streak into perspective, here are some events that have happened since they last lost…

Feb. 3, 2013the Superbowl 

Feb. 11 — The Harlem Shake had approximately 12,000 versions on YouTube with over 44 million views.

The Heat made a funny version of the video…

And the Minnesota Timberwolves responded…

The Harlem Shake trend ended well before Miami’s win streak.

Feb. 23 — Denver Nuggets began their own impressive 15 game win streak that lasted exactly a month.

Photo Credit: Keith Allisonhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ty_Lawson_Nuggets.jpg

Photo Credit: Keith Allison

End of Feb. through beginning of MarchDennis Rodman Visited North Korea, and spent time watching basketball with Kim Jong Un.

Photo Credit: Walter Huang

Photo Credit: Walter Huang

Will Kobe be the next basketball player to visit North Korea?

March 3 — Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens agree on a new contract that makes Flacco the highest paid player in the NFL.

March 13 — Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected by the Catholic cardinals to be the new Pope.

Photo Credit: Roberto Stuckert Filho

Photo Credit: Roberto Stuckert Filho

March 18 Heat beat Boston Celtics in Boston, despite Jeff Green’s career-high 43 point effort.

Photo Credit: Keith Allison

Photo Credit: Keith Allison

March 21 — The NCAA men’s basketball tournament began, meaning that many NCAA basketball teams (including the UNC basketball team) played about half of their whole season, most of their conference games, and their entire conference tournament during the Heat’s streak.

March 25 — The Heat are still on their hot streak, but much of the mid-west and east coast were covered with snow.

March 27 — The Heat’s streak comes to an end after 51 days.

While they did not break the record, a lot has happened in the world since the Heat went on their win streak.  It will be interesting to see how they finish out the season.

Until next time,

Hannah

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