The Warriors have started the season 13-0, 3 away from the all-time record to start a season and potentially on their way to a season-long record exceeding that of the '96 Bulls.
You know what that means...
The Bulls have a history.
3/27/2013 - Ending the Miami Heat's 27-game winning streak
The Bulls, playing a season without Derrick Rose, and in this game without Joakim Noah, took down Miami at the height of their powers. It involved a fantastic defensive effort from the combination of Jimmy Butler and Luol Deng, and included a game with a lot of crazy memorable plays and buzzer beaters.
4/11/2013 - Ending the Knicks' 13-game winning streak
Not nearly as impressive (remember when the Knicks were good?), but it was notable in that it came so soon after the huge Heat victory, and again in a season where Thibsball without Derrick Rose made any big win impressive. In this overtime win, Nate Robinson scored 35 points, Jimmy again had a great all-around game, and both Kirk Hinrich and Carlos Boozer played 50 minutes as both Noah and Taj Gibson were out in this one.
We also got this picture out of it.
1/27/2015 - Ending the Warriors' 19-game home winning streak
The Warriors were nearly as hot last year as they were to start this year, starting the season 36-6 and unbeatable at home. This time Jimmy Butler was out but Derrick Rose was playing, and had a very good game including a game-winning jumper in OT. The Warriors shot 9-33 from three and didn't make a single one after the first half. It was only one of two losses the Warriors had at home all season.
So the Bulls get the world-beating Warriors tonight. There's a nice scheduling edge, as Golden State will be playing their 3rd game in 4 nights, and on the second half of a back-to-back after a huge comeback win on Thursday night against the Clippers. But they're still decidedly underdogs, 8.5 points in fact with Rose's status in question.
Maybe it was Thibs, but that mindset of overcoming odds seems to have carried on through the players at times so far this season too, most notably in the season opener against Cleveland and to a lesser extent seeing a Rose-less PG crew lead them against Phoenix on Wednesday.
I think the idea that the Bulls play up and down to competition is a bit overblown (it's more of a sign of an average-ish team than a unique one, IMO) but there's definitely a history here, suggesting tonight can be another improbable win.