Last night’s game was bitter-sweet in every sense of the phrase – we can’t avoid the elephant on the basketball court, so, unfortunately, these bullets have to start in a bit of a more depressing tone – but before we get into all of that, I want to say we deserve another game of this series.
The ending of last night’s game was heart-pounding basketball with some of the highest stakes we’ve seen in quite some time. For one team, a dynasty was on the line, and for the other a first-ever NBA championship. That’s TNT “We Know Drama” level stuff.
Also, I have to recognize Kawhi Leonard for scoring 10 straight points in straight clutch fashion. I’m firmly convinced the man is a robot programmed to get buckets and show no mercy. And, hey, have we ever actually seen him complete one of those captcha tests where you have to identify the scribbly letters and numbers? I hear robots can’t do those.
Okay, I’m stalling. Sorry, but now it is time to confront that elephant. Let’s get it over with.
- Watching the Kevin Durant injury last night felt all too familiar. Oftentimes, it can feel taboo to bring up, but it was hard not to think about Derrick Rose after watching Durant go down grabbing near his right achilles. While the severity is yet to be reported, Chicago Bulls fans know better than anyone how such an injury can influence a career. And many on Twitter didn’t shy away from pointing out those similarities between Rose and Durant, whether it be in regards to the outside pressure or the locker room reaction.
This is eerily similar to the scene seven years ago to when Derrick Rose tore his ACL in Chicago in a playoff game. Stunned disbelief throughout the organization. Some people in tears.
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) June 11, 2019
- Oof. When you’re dealing with a superstar, you can fall into the trap of thinking they’re invincible. Chicago certainly saw Rose that way after his incredible MVP run during the 2010-11 season. However, the “stunned disbelief” feels a bit different here. The invisibility aspect may have certainly played a role, but I can’t help but think the Warriors knew they were living on a prayer. And that prayer went unanswered in possibly the worst way. The team kept many of the logistics regarding Durant’s first calf strain under wraps, but considering he was not fully participating in practices until the day of the game, it feels even crazier now to put him right back into the starting lineup with no minute restrictions. Hindsight’s 20-20, right?
- I’m not sure if there is any rightful blame to be placed here. In fact, I have to imagine Durant wanted to be on the floor more than anyone. Regardless, hopefully, NBA fans, staff members and players alike now have a mega-example for why guys like Rose and Kawhi Leonard took the extended time to get their bodies right.
Wondering how those #Bulls fans who were clamoring for Rose to come back and play in the '13 playoffs and calling him soft feel about this KD injury tonight.
Y'all know who you are.
— Matt Peck (@Bulls_Peck) June 11, 2019
- All we can do now is hope for a speedy recovery. Your personal opinion on Durant doesn’t matter; it’s a fact that the game of basketball is better when he is on the court. With all of this being said, I’ll let Curry take on the whole clapping during his injury nonsense.
“Let's check ourselves a little bit and understand this is about an individual, a human being.”
Steph Curry on fans cheering about KD’s injury.
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) June 11, 2019
- Well, it’s hard to make an appropriate transition back into the normal bullets-mood, but I think there is no better place to start than with some Michael Jordan content! Today is the anniversary of the great Flu Game! And to make it even better for you all, here is the great Stuart Scott with the highlights!
22 years ago today, the flu didn't stop MJ from dropping 38 points on the Jazz in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
MJ's Flu Game x Stuart Scott highlight? Doesn't get any better. pic.twitter.com/7pFvGQCMhl
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) June 11, 2019
- I know plenty of you have been eating up D’Angelo Russell to the Bulls content, so to keep feeding you, here’s Forbes contributing write Jason Patt diving into that topic.
- The NBA Draft is only nine days away now! I don’t know about you, but I’m full of excitement (in that truly terrified kind of way). Anyway, if you’re looking for a refresher on how the Bulls have drafted in the first round over the last decade, check out this photo gallery by the Chicago Tribune.
- The Bulls apparently worked out SIX MORE prospects yesterday. Of course, that news broke right after we finished giving you all a lay down of the 42(!) players the organization has already brought in.
The Bulls had another 6 prospects for pre-draft workouts today. For all 📸, visit:
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) June 10, 2019
- Do you want a ridiculously awesome thread? Good! Save this for your lunch break, it’s a long one!
The road to the Bulls 2nd three-peat, the Warriors dynasty and the Raptors franchise began 24 years ago with one man:
This is the true story of Steve Kerr, the '96-'98 Bulls, the current Warriors, and B.J. Armstrong — the first Toronto Raptor.
A thread. pic.twitter.com/yzHtYAB6JK
— Jack M Silverstein (@readjack) June 11, 2019
- I’m just going to leave this here…
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) June 10, 2019