Not ready to pick up the pieces yet? Mourning the Bears? Well buck up, Chicago. In a weekend filled with frustration and heartache, there is good news: The Bulls won two in a row on the road to move eight games over .500 and one game out of the top spot in the East. To repeat: The Bulls won two in a row on the road to move eight games over .500 and one game out of the top spot in the East. Now dry your tears and move on.
Friday’s 107-101 win over Seattle and Saturday’s 88-86 win over Portland were team efforts in anticipation of a Bears loss in the Super Bowl, according to coach Scott Skiles.
“I guess we all just saw it coming,” Skiles said of the Bears loss Sunday night. “So we just had to get these two wins so people could go back to work Monday afternoon and say, ‘Well there is some good news. I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to Geico.’ And then they’ll have a chuckle and say, ‘But seriously, did you see the Bulls won back-to-back games on the road this weekend? How awesome is that?'”
After being snubbed for the All-Star game, Luol Deng responded by posting 27 points and 12 rebounds on Friday night. And Saturday’s game featured an excellent defensive effort from Kirk Hinrich and 33 points from Ben Gordon, both of whom were also snubbed from the All-Star game.
After Saturday’s game, Skiles had a message for Bears fans.
“I am sure that no one in Chicago knows we even played this weekend,” Skiles said. “But that’s okay. Like the girl that every guy has that’s a sure thing, we’ll be here waiting for you when you need us, ready to show you a good time.”
A good time that’s one game back of first place. Nice.
Number of the weekend: 0
Bulls who made the All-Star team.