The heart, hustle and muscle of the Bulls continues to defy all expectations this NBA season. If you’ve been waiting for Rose’s return before truly paying attention to the Bulls, it’s time to buckle in and start believing because the Chicago Bulls have proven that they are the real deal – with or without Derrick Rose.
Our Bulls wrapped up January winning 12 of their 16 games, they’re 29-18, and third in the Eastern Conference. Not too shabby for a team missing their star player. Let’s breakdown the Bulls fierce start of 2013.
The Good: January was a monster month for the Bulls with 16 games and a flurry of activity. The Bulls are sending two players to the NBA All-Star game for the second year in row. Joakim Noah was elected to his first All-Star slot and Luol Deng is making a back-to-back All-Star appearance.
Derrick Rose is closer than ever to his return to the court. Throughout January the star worked his way up to consistently practicing with full contact. What does this mean? Our DRose lovin’ minds can barely contain our happiness because the point guard could potentially come back sometime in February or March.
For the first time in a Bulls uniform Carlos Boozer is playing to his true potential. The Booze Cruise demolished the month of January (before his hamstring injury in the final week). Boozer’s play is a definite threat to other teams. He’s big, he can shoot, and now his defense is finally getting dirty. The Bulls have a true power forward in their starting lineup for the first time in 3 years.
The team really started to dominate the East when the Bulls’ bench clicked. We’ve got flashes of the Bench Mob back in action. Jimmy Butler isn’t a NBA rookie anymore – he’s made a big splash off the bench. Nasty Nate Robinson is still taking some crazy shots, but he’s also racking up the points. Marco Belinelli continues to surprise us with his smooth jump-shots and improved defense and Taj Gibson has added plenty of dirty dunks.
The Bad: Inconsistency still haunts the Bulls. They endured a rough loss to the Washington Wizards on the road. It might have been an away game, but the Wizards are the worst team in the league – no excuses.
Overall Assessment: January was absolutely the best month yet for the Bulls. Chicago was 12-4 for the month and gave a new breath of hope to all Bulls fans. If the Bulls can keep playing at the same caliber, 2013 is going to be a beautiful year. Coach Tom Thibodeau has done it again and this time he took his misfit players and transformed them into another stifling defensive team.
Read my full January Review at SportsDivasinc.com Bulls January Report Card: A | SportsDivas Inc..