Joakim was right. After game 6, he confidently said that the Bulls would win game 7 on the road. The 2nd half of the series has been pretty tough for Chicago. Luol Deng, Nate Robinson, and Taj Gibson began suffering from flu-like symptoms before game 6. Gibson and Robinson were able to play, but Deng had to be hospitalized to have a spinal tap to see if he had meningitis. He also could not travel with the team for game 7 due to complications from the procedure. The Bulls had to land in New Jersey because of mechanical problems on their plane and when they finally got to New York, they were stuck in heavy traffic and could not cross the bridge due to a “potential jumper”. Luckily, no one jumped. The Bulls simply had bad luck.
Joakim Noah is a true leader and fought hard for the Chicago Bulls. He led the team with 24 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 assists. Marco Belinelli also had a great game scoring 24 points 6 rebounds. Boozer finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Throughout the game, Chicago shot 48.8% from the field. Chicago had two quarters where they scored 30 points. By halftime, the Bulls led the Nets 61-44. The Bulls came out with the urgency and passion to win and treated this game like a true game 7. But, oddly, the Nets treated this game like a mere game 1. They didn’t start to play with some urgency until the middle of the 3rd quarter. The Bulls were simply hungrier for the win. The Brooklyn Nets are talented and a deep team. Therefore, they should have beaten up the banged up Bulls. But, the Bulls fought with their heart.
The Chicago Bulls will battle the Miami Heat. The game airs on Monday at 7.