The Chicago Bulls finished the regular season as the strongest team in the NBA league. They not only recorded a 62-20 season but also managed to do something they hadn’t done since the good times of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen: get the attention of the sports betting world on Chicago. The comparisons are there. Just like back in the nineties, when the Bulls were dominating the league, Chicago is now guided by one talented player capable of impressive solo efforts that can really change a game in the last 5 minutes.
We’ve said this once, and we’ll say it again: Derrick Rose is not Michael Jordan nor is he trying to be like Jordan. But one can’t help but to notice that he is doing an extraordinary job at filling in those huge shoes. Rose has worked his way to his first regular season MVP and kept on been a very dominant force all-around. It’s not as if the Bulls are not good without him. Numbers tell us that LeBron James in Miami Heat is more of a winner-factor than Rose is in the Bulls. I personally think it has to do with what he brings into the equation.
Rose scored a career-high 39 points in the first game of the series against the Indiana Pacers. He followed up with 36 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists on game No. 2 when the Bulls managed to comeback from a 9-point deficit and outplay the Pacers 96-90. There were some differences from the first game. Rose didn’t get to the free throw line quite as much this time but made the most out of each shot, hitting 12 of 13 free throws after making 19 of 21 in the opening game.
Carlos Boozer also wanted to get back at the Pacers. He had a very under par first game, and he was brilliant with another double-double for 17 points and 16 rebounds. The Bulls dominated the boards, outrebounding Indiana 57-33. This could had been the decisive factor in the game. The Bulls were not really sharp when it came to handling the ball. Rose was responsible for six of the Bulls 22 turnovers in the game, and as if that wasn’t enough, things were not looking too savvy in the shooting department. Still, the Bulls came away with the win even though they shot just 38.6 percent.
The series is now moving to Indiana for its next two games. Many are wondering if the Bulls are really as good as they seem to be. The question is not whether they can win or not against the Pacers, but rather analyze what the hard time they’ve had defeating a team that wasn’t supposed to give them such a harsh time means for the playoffs. But it’s the NBA, and Chicago knows quite well how competitive this league is. They’ll take a win be it pretty or not any day. The Bulls will play on Thursday, April 21st at the Conseco Field in Indiana, at 7pm. It’s going to be one heck of game, so try to make some time to watch it