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By now all of you reading this know the whole story behind Derrick Rose’s injury. You know about the torn ACL. You know about the long road he endured. And you know about how he has delayed his return to the NBA, but no one really knows why. Some suspect there has been a snag in the recovery that he has kept secret, and others just chalk it up to calling Rose a wussy. I’m not writing here trying to speculate what is bothering him these days; I’m writing to tell you that it has come to the point where it does not matter, and that he must come back.
The Bulls have gotten this far in the playoffs only because of their coach, Tom Thibodeau. His brilliant defensive mind was just enough to beat the Brooklyn Nets in round 1, but he won’t be enough if Chicago has any hopes of taking down the defending champs. Yes, the Bulls stole Game 1 versus the Heat, thanks to a surprising 27-point performance from Nate Robinson. The Heat were caught off-guard and before they could gather themselves to stage a comeback, the clock struck zero.
In Game 2, LeBron decided to go beast mode and dominate every facet of the game. He and the Heat were out to make a statement, and that they did. Vegas odds makers dubbed the Heat as 12-point favorites, and to the dismay of those taking the Bulls, Miami won the game by 37. Miami pulled away early in the 2nd half, and closed out the 3rd quarter up 29.
The 4th quarter seemed to be a let out of frustration. Early on Chris Anderson appeared to clearly goaltend Taj Gibson’s shot attempt, but the referees ignored the obvious. What followed was Joakim Noah proceeding to go into a tirade on the referee, resulting in his ejection. While Ray Allen was at the line for the technical free throw Taj Gibson figured Noah was lonely in the locker room and then went on to get himself thrown out as well. If I were Derrick Rose and I was watching my teammates getting their asses handed to them in embarrassing fashion, I wouldn’t be able to sit back and watch anymore. Now I understand that the injury he is coming back from is extremely serious, but when it comes to the playoffs and you are medically cleared to play, then there is no excuse but to suit up.
As the series shifts to Chicago, the Bulls, despite their blowout loss, control their own destiny. Unfortunately, with the team they currently are putting on the floor (No Hinrich, Deng, or Rose) I don’t see the Bulls winning any more than one game. If Rose were to return I still see Miami winning in seven games, but it would return the respect everyone has taken back from him since his absence.
Over the past two weeks we have seen two instances of players coming back from serious injuries because they wanted to be there for their teams in the playoffs. One instance was David Lee, who decided to tough it out after suffering a fully torn hip flexor. Lee’s return did wonders for the Warriors in their first round series with the Nuggets as it helped propel them to a series victory. Lee has barely played because head coach Mark Jackson does not feel comfortable in playing him versus the Spurs with such an injury, but Lee’s willingness to play has done the job in sparking his teammates play. The other instance of a player dealing with a serious injury is Sidney Crosby currently playing with a broken jaw. Not only is he playing, but he is excelling and just recently scored in the Penguins 4-0 Game 5 win over the Islanders. Playing with a broken jaw in hockey seems illogical, but a true winner plays through the pain to achieve greatness.
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This Miami Heat fan gave the Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah just one thing after he was ejected for berating a ref — her middle finger. That’s one classy lady don’t you think? The refs ejected Noah’s teammate Taj Gibson as well.
Joakim Noah was ejected during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night’s Game 2 after receiving his second technical foul of the game. The Bulls center got a nice present from a Heat fan on the way out: the middle finger.
This has to be difficult on Bulls fans. Before and after Game 2 of the Heat vs. Bulls series a bunch of unconfirmed reports surfaced that Rose would be making his triumphant return to the Bulls in Game 3 of the series.
There reports were very vague, they went from, he would definitely play to he would wear his uniform, but just sit on the bench (which made absolutely no sense...
Class, on top of class.
Early in the 4th quarter of the Miami Heat‘s dominating Game 3 win over the Chicago Bulls, both Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson were ejected following a series of bad calls by the refs [video below]. As Noah was leaving the court this Miami couple were angrily screaming at Noah which was highlighted by the lady reaching over and sticking her middle finger as...
Nate Robinson has been one of the big stories of the NBA Playoffs this year. When you play that well and with that much heart, you tend to get recognized. Nate got himself a “We Are All Watching” video. This isn’t the Point Guard that Bulls fans wished had his own video, but congrats to The post Video: Nate Robinson Gets a “We Are All Watching” Commercial appeared first on No Coast Bias.
The Bulls and their fans feeling good after their Game 1 victory over the Heat.
Curious to see how The Heat come out in Game 2, they seemed more annoyed than concerned about their game 1 loss, but regardless if they blow out the Bulls or not, the Bulls got the split they wanted.
Nate Robinson gives hope to guys under 6 feet tall everywhere. In last night’s game 3 between the Bulls and Heat, Robinson block the shot of the best player in the league LeBron James. What makes it even more impressive is James rarely gets his shot block and is one of the strongest players around the rim NBA.
Robinson is having a heck of NBA playoffs but sadly for him the Bulls...
Prior to the start of the 2013 NBA playoffs, Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson was most known for his aerial exploits in the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest but now, Nate will be known for his amazing performance against the Brooklyn Nets.
The fine folks over at the NBA decided to commemorate Nate’s performance in game four with a “We Are All Watching” commercial:
Due to his diminutive stature, many people seem to forget that Chicago Bulls point guard Nate Robinson is one of the best athletes the NBA has to offer. Just watch below as he runs down LeBron James on a fast break and actually blocks the lay-up attempt with his amazing leaping ability. Thanks to That NBA [...]
The first half of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night was physical and resulted in one flagrant foul and several technical fouls.
Joakim Noah and LeBron James were called for double-technicals at the end of the first quarter after they got physical with each other. James was attempting to drive but was called for...
Usually we see LeBron James doing the blocking, but late in the third quarter of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals featuring the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat, we saw Nate Robinson BLOCKING, yes, BLOCKING LeBron James’ shot. Nate Robinson’s hashtag on twitter, #HeartOverHeight, definitely applies here. H/T SBNation The post Nate Robinson Blocks LeBron James...
If I had to ever put a bet on the NBA referee that would get hit in the head by a television camera, my money would be on Dick Bavetta or Joey Crawford.
During tonight’s game three between the Chicago Bulls/Miami Heat, a stoppage of play caused an ESPN camera following Joakim Noah to run into Crawford’s head:
ESPN camera runs into Joey Crawford [Beyond the Buzzer]
If you’ve been watching Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference Semis between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls than you know the action between the two teams has been pretty intense. In the first half, there were 6 technicals and one flagrant foul called.
Early in the second half Bulls center Joakim Noah attempted to set a pick on Heat guard Mario Chalmers. As Chalmers tried to...
The Heat were pissed off. The Bulls weren't backing down.
The result was a lot of Game 2 chippiness in Miami on Wednesday night in its 115-78 win. Hard fouls. Several altercations. Nine technicals, a flagrant and two ejections. And, in the end, a Heat rout that evened this Eastern Conference semifinal series at a game apiece .
The bad blood was predictable, really, given the...
Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters – including K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune – that forward Luol Deng was able to do some shooting earlier in the week. Still, Johnson notes that Deng will continue to be listed as doubtful as Game 3 against the Miami Heat approaches.Along with his light shooting, Deng was also “walking around” on Wednesday, according to...