The Bulls were just better.
They were faster. They played more together. They moved the ball. They pushed and poked. Goaded and baited. Frustrated and flustered.
Orlando had no answers. No solutions. No way to solve the complex problem that is the Chicago Bulls.
Nothing worked and what did work only worked long enough to leave Orlando scratching its head when the team could no longer get things working. Shots were not falling, the ball was not moving.
The Magic was not working. Even without Derrick Rose, the Bulls did a number on the Magic, showing that defense is a much more reliable identity than the 3-point shot. Orlando used to have a defensive identity. The team played pretty good defense most of the night. But most of the night is not enough against one of the best teams in the league. Not when they are still playing at the top of their even without their star player.
The NBA might have to change its Big commercial about the Bulls defense to footage from this game. The M...