The Durant-Rose Connection, Anniversary of The Flu Game, Bulls Work Out Six More Prospects, and Other Bullets

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The Durant-Rose Connection, Anniversary of The Flu Game, Bulls Work Out Six More Prospects, and Other Bullets

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Do you want a ridiculously awesome thread? Good! Save this for your lunch break, it’s a long one!

  • I’m just going to leave this here…

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.