Bulls Show they are Road Warriors
by Carlos Nazario
Last Sunday, the Chicago Bulls finished up a grueling nine games in fourteen days road trip, the longest they will have this season. They lost to the Boston Celtics, but finished the trip 6-3.
It was pretty amazing they had such a good trip, considering they were without the services of Rip Hamilton for all but the opener against the Miami Heat, and were without the services of Derrick Rose for the last two games.
In the middle of that trip, the Bulls did something that has never been done in the history of the NBA-they won four consecutive games on the road by 20 points or more. They beat Milwaukee (113-90), New Jersey (108-87), New Orleans (90-67), and Charlotte (95-64) on their way to history.
The Bulls have been road warriors this season. Out of the 30 games they have played so far, 20 of them have been on the road. That comes out to 67% of their games! They have played their requisite back-to-back-to-back games, and of all the teams to do so, only the Bulls and the Oklahoma City Thunder have gone 3-0. Hey, those are the two teams I picked for the Finals, right? They also have the most wins on the road.
Now that the Bulls have gotten their frequent flyer miles in, the schedule will be favorable. On Tuesday this week they start the first of six consecutive games at home, where they own a 9-1 record. They will be able to have more practices, which I know will be like heaven for Coach Tom Thibodeau.
At almost the midway point of the season, the Bulls have the best record in the Eastern Conference, and only percentage points behind the Thunder for best overall record. Over the course of the last 36 games for them, they will play 23 of them at home, and only 13 of them at home. Be on the lookout for the running of the Bulls pretty soon.