The last time these franchises met in the postseason, we were treated to arguably the greatest 1st round series of all time. It featured 6 overtimes over 7 games, with the 7th seeded Bulls just falling short of defeating Boston’s Big 3 of
Brian Scalabrine, Glen Davis and Kendrick Perkins KG, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. That squad may have been my favorite Bulls team ever; featuring characters like Brad Miller, Aaron Gray, John Salmons, a young & promising Tyrus Thomas (who is somehow still only 30 years old) and rookie Derrick Rose. That scrappy 7th seed gave the Bulls fan base so much hope for the future, but I can’t say the same about this year’s motley crew that GarPax put together.
The likely 1 v 8 matchup between the Celtics and Bulls will inevitably merit comparisons to the classic ’09 series, and one can only hope Fred & the boys can muster up some motivation from the heart and determination that 2009 Bulls showed against the reigning champs. With Rondo on our side of the battle this time around, we’re going to need him to pull off a Celtics Rondo performance to even give us a fighting chance at a 7 game series. On top of that, “Father Prime” Wade needs to show up, not “Way of Wade” or “3” Wade. Can I make the argument that Dwyane is arguably the WOAT when it comes to self-assigned nicknames? I’m not even sure who else is in the discussion. But while we’re at it, let’s get Captain Kirk back on a 10-day contract just to get in Isaiah Thomas’ ribs for a few minutes. Being an NBA GM is easy, I’m telling you.
A series victory for the Bulls would make Fred Hoiberg the greatest con man Chicago has ever seen. The man has displayed nothing but incompetence throughout his entire tenure, from his incoherent rotations to his general malaise on the sidelines. While on the other side, Brad Stevens is a tactician who can go to his encyclopedia of offensive sets to hoodwink The Mayor’s simple mind. It’s a tall task, but who knows, maybe Hoiberg has just been playing the long con and is a secret genius, or maybe he’s just the next Playoff Whitman.
Regardless, I am very much looking forward to the inevitable scuffles between Jae Crowder & Jimmy, Isaiah Thomas & Rondo, Marcus Smart & Rondo, Avery Bradley & Rondo, you get the idea. Nothing makes me happier than seeing scrappy basketball, and this series promises to have plenty of it. Let’s see what the 3 Alphas can do.