I have to be honest. I didn’t watch a second of Bulls-Magic. I was watching Cubs festivities, and once the Bulls ran out to a 21-point lead after the first quarter, I didn’t want to subject myself to Orlando Magic Basketball.
Because the Magic are downright pathetic. It’s SAD! that the Bulls lost to them not long ago, but both games at the United Center were eviscerations. The Bulls jumped out to a 14-2 lead within four minutes, and that was that. The Bulls’ 47-point victory represents the third-largest in franchise history, and it was the worst loss in Magic history. Somebody’s getting fired down in Orlando thanks to this turd of a season.
It was a balanced scoring effort for the Bulls, with all five starters putting up double figures. Robin Lopez led the way with 18 points, but it was Jerian Grant who was the star with his first career double-double. Grant continues to play well in place of the injured Rajon Rondo, putting up 17 points and 11 assists.
Rondo’s wrist injury is said to be “significant,” and it’s unclear if he’ll be ready for Wednesday’s finale against the Nets. It appears to be a pain tolerance thing with him, but it’s nice to see Grant stepping up after being jerked around yet again.
Speaking of Wednesday’s finale...it’s significant. The Heat and Pacers both won as well, so the Bulls are in a position where they probably have to win to get in the postseason. A loss means they’re definitely behind the Pacers, and the Heat have a home game against the Wizards, who could easily rest guys since they have the No. 4 seed locked up.
After everything that’s happened this year, it’d be very Bulls to blow that game and miss the playoffs. It’d also be very Bulls to finish 41-41! All I ask is if the Bulls do get in, the first-round matchup is against the Celtics.