The Chicago Bulls’ season is over. Well, unless it’s not. Common sense says after the way the Philadelphia 76ers handled them Friday (May 4) in taking Game 3 of their first-round series 79-74, the No. 8 seed is on the verge of scoring a major upset.
Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose, the Bulls’ star guard, is out for the rest of the season because of a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament. Center Joakim Noah apparently suffered a significant ankle injury Friday. His status for Game 4 Sunday in Philly would seem questionable. Another defeat would put the Bulls in a 3-1 hole with Game 5 scheduled for Tuesday night in Chicago, where the Sixers prevailed in Game 2. So much for homecourt advantage.
Would the Bulls be wiser for waiting till Game 5 for Noah to play — assuming he even could be reasonably healthy enough by then? Without him, the Bulls would seem unlikely to win a game, unless for some reason the rest of the team plays at a higher level.
Thoughts of the Bulls reaching the NBA Finals seem absurd at the moment. Reaching the Eastern Conference Finals appears a major challenge. Whether coach Tom Thibodeau can figure out a magical solution to the problems facing his team — and figure them out quickly — would seem a dream for Bulls fans.
It’s unclear whether Thibodeau has any rabbits to pull out of a hat. Then again, he — and Bulls fans — probably would settle for him being able to pull out a legitimate scoring option on a team that has seen itself excel in inconsistency.
The best thing about Game 5 is knowing the Luvabulls will be performing. To see video of one of the dance team’s veteran members Pam, click here.
For some reason, thinking about something other than the Bulls’ Game 3 loss to the Sixers might be the best thing to do. This video from Playboy with Taylor Patrick just might help:
For something more cerebral (OK, for something with more clothes), there is this from Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover model Kate Upton:
A little more Kate Upton? Definitely. On a lot more important issue than dating tips: bullying. Definitely. As much as this space is about silliness and fun and such, we occasionally take a minute or so to address a serious subject.
We now return to our normally scheduled (and even the unscheduled) material. In that the Kentucky Derby is set for Saturday (May 5), here is some video from the Taste of Derby event:
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