The Chicago Bulls are rolling, but you already knew that. They've won four of the their last five games and eight of their last 10. After finally being able to hold onto a big lead against the Bucks on Wednesday night, the Bulls end January at 12-4, now 28-17 overall -- first in the division and third in the East. They are but 2.5 games behind the top-seeded Miami Heat, totally within striking distance of grabbing the No. 1 overall seed in the conference for the third straight season. This is completely insane.
Tom Thibodeau's reign as Bulls coach has been all about overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles and suspending disbelief, so maybe Chicago's suddenly gaudy record shouldn't surprise us so much. The Bulls did in January what they have always done under Thibodeau -- defended, rebounded, used depth to their advantage, ect. But something about this past month felt different. This was, I think, the first time all season the Bulls have been fun.
This is without question the most bizarre development of the season. The Bulls have been undeniably competent all season long, but watching the games still often felt like a chore. Not anymore. In January, the Bulls very nearly became fun.
Think of all the cool stuff that happened this month: Luol Deng and Joakim Noah were named to the All-Star team, Jimmy Butler established himself as a very legitimate NBA player and Nate Robinson and Steve Novak got in the league's most pathetic feud since DeShawn Stevenson and Soulja Boy started beefing with LeBron. Carlos Boozer even killed a guy. All of this while Derrick Rose continues to make strides and should be set to return sometime in February.
January was a good month for The Bulls
Blog-A-Bull | Jan 31