Warriors Do It Again, the Former-Bulls Bowl, Wade's Secret Mission, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Warriors Do It Again, the Former-Bulls Bowl, Wade’s Secret Mission, and Other Bulls Bullets

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I am emotionally drained. And, no, it’s not because I’m still hung up on the Chicago Bulls’ disastrous season.

This is the good kind of emotionally drained. The kind that can only accompany a truly memorable and once-in-a-lifetime day. You’re reading words written by an engaged man, folks! I popped the question to my beautiful now-fiancee on Sunday.

Since we both knew the day would come after well over a half-decade of dating, I wanted to ensure that it was still a surprise. And I can proudly say she was completely caught off guard by both the proposal and the numerous friends and family who were close by to celebrate at one of our favorite bars.

Anyway, I’m not sure how much y’all care about this, so I won’t drag on. But I’m excited to now worry less about pulling off a suitable proposal … which I guess means I have even more time to worry about the future of the Bulls.

  • We were all Sacramento Kings fans in this Round 1. It’s impossible not to cheer for a time that broke a 16-season playoff drought, particularly when they’re playing a dynastic opponent. They backed the defending champions into a corner in impressive fashion. Unfortunately, though, history and experience prevailed. Or, well, Steph Curry prevailed.
  • In the haze of post-engagement celebration with friends and family, I wasn’t fully aware of Curry’s historic performance until about mid-way through the 4th quarter. However, when I saw his stats come across the screen, I didn’t feel even the slightest bit surprised. Similar to when DeRozan rises for a mid-range jumper, you just know what the outcome is going to be when Curry is under a hot spotlight. The expectation is for him to rise to the occasion, and he did that and more in Sunday’s historic performance.
  • Curry’s 50 points (on an absurd 20-38 shooting) are the most by a player in Game 7 history. He didn’t just single-handedly drag his team to victory, but he did it to the tune of a 20-point blowout. There are only a handful of players throughout NBA history that have been able to consistently rise to the occasion and tear opposing fans’ hearts out. Bulls fans know it well. Curry is one of those dudes, and I feel lucky to have watched his career unfold.

  • Before Curry’s historic night, Thibs and Jimmy battled it out. We need a name for this, right? Maybe the Former-Bulls Bowl? If we go that route, we’ll probably need a sponsor. The Pepto Bismol Former-Bulls Bowl? We got to make it at least somewhat easier for Bulls fans to stomach!
  • I don’t care how long it’s been or how many things have changed, watching Jimmy Butler face off against Tom Thibodeau for a chance to go to the Eastern Conference Finals feels like a kick below the belt. At this point, both have gone on to achieve far more than the Bulls have since they were each shown the door. Butler, in particular, continues to look like a playoff killer. While he may not have had the same 42-point showing he did to close out the Bucks, his 25 points and 11 rebounds helped guide the Heat to another surprising Game 1 victory in enemy territory.
  • No one will ever convince me that Dwyane Wade’s one year in Chicago wasn’t a secret mission by the Miami Heat to recruit Jimmy Butler. The Bulls got absolutely finessed.

  • This will help get rid of those Monday scaries …


Author: Elias Schuster

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