Posts Tagged ‘Chicago Bulls’

Four players in three different sports have now fell victim to ACL tears these last few weeks.

We all know what happened to Derrick Rose in game one of the Bulls v.s 76ers series. Rose came down very harsh and awkwardly on his left leg and tore his ACL. Rose is out for the remainder of the playoffs. The injury to Rose, basically killed any chances that the Bulls had of going to the NBA Finals. Then, Iman Shumpert tore his ACL in the first game of the Knicks v.s Heat series when he tried to crossover Mario Chalmers. That didn’t help New York at all.

Then came the biggest hit to New York sports when Yankees closer Mariano “sandman” Rivera was trying to catch fly balls, and fell. Mariano released a statement to the press when asked if he would ever pitch again saying this,” At this point I don’t know, at this point I don’t know. If he decides to not come back, his career will go down as the best closer in the history of the MLB. Truly, do I think he’s going to come back? No, I know its sad and we all want him to, but he’s already towards the end of his career. An ACL tear is one of the most devastating injuries a player can have. They almost never come back to 100%. He sounds doubtful now and he knows that he’s getting old. I’m just thankful I got to see him pitch once.


Derrick Rose finished his playoff run just as soon as he started it this year. During game one of the first round of the Chicago Bulls vs Philadelphia 76er’s  series. Rose was driving to the basket then passes out of his shot and landed on his leg awkwardly. He left the game immediately, and It was later discovered that he had torn his ACL short for anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. What does this mean for Chicago? Well they are going to work a lot harder as a team since Rose isn’t there to pick up there slack. I honestly don’t see them going to the Finals, let alone the conference championship without Rose. What I do see is them winning the series against Philly and losing in the Conference Semi finals. Now that Rose is done it leave teams like the Miami Heat to worry less about what they’ll be facing in the Conference finals. With Rose out there should be no reason Lebron James and the Miami Heat cant punch their ticket to the Finals for the second year in a row, but hey you never know what can happen. The Bulls could prove us all wrong and win it all, although it is very unlikely to occur. Back to Rose, he will be out for 4-6 months. This means that he will not be able to play on the USA Olympic team. Most people don’t recover 100% from injuries like this. All I can do is wish him a speedy and healthy recovery and there’s always next year Rose remember your still a very young player.

Its been exactly 12 seasons since these two teams have met in the NBA Playoffs. What a coincidental fact that these two met in 1999 the shortened season due to the lockout, and now again this shortened season (when Alonzo Morning got into a fight with  Larry Johnson) . Every time these two teams have played in the playoffs the Knicks won except for one time back in 1997.The number two seed Miami Heat will duke it out (pun intended) verse the number seven seed Knicks on Saturday in Miami. Lately, Carmelo Anthony has been unstoppable, hitting game winning shots and having nights were he scores 42 points! Lebron has been on fire lately as well winning games for the Heat single Handedly without Bosh or Wade. This series will be a Melo vs Lebron series without a doubt. Wade’s return will also be a crucial pivoting point in the series. If he does well, the Heat should win, but if he has a shaky return then who knows how this series could turn out. We know the New York Knicks have been able to beat the Chicago Bulls; so should the Heat be worried about this series? Well, Miami will have to play their heart out even though all odds are in their favor. I’m telling you right now this series won’t be a sweep. These two will grind it out until the end. I honestly think the Heat will win the match up, but the Knicks and the Bulls are the only teams I think that can stop the Heat from getting into the Finals. Again, the Heat will need to give everything that they have left in them, 110%. Just remember anything can happen. As the NBA slogan says,” Its where amazing happens.”

The Miami Heat have now won their fourth game in a row, against the Toronto Raptors. Not only were the Heat without Dwyane Wade yet again, they were also without Chris Bosh, but that didn’t seem to slow Miami’s roll. Miami won  96 to 72, sweeping the Raptors in the season series. Lebron James had another astonishing game, shooting a remarkable 80% from the court. James recorded 28 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Mike Miller scored an outstanding 13 points for Miami; nevertheless, the production in the bench tonight is what the Heat could have used all season. Miami Heat’s bench also helped out for bringing down 21 rebounds and scoring 41 points. The Heat have now locked in the second seed in the East but could ultimately take the best record in the NBA with a win tomorrow night with the against the Chicago Bulls; Miami would only be a game and a half behind them. Then, if Chicago were to lose another game before the end of the season and Miami were to win the next few, Miami would be awarded the first seed, not only in the Eastern Conference, but in the entire NBA. Wining tonight’s game against Toronto makes James and the Miami Heat tied for second seed with Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. If Miami could pull away with that first seed and/or a better record than Oklahoma, it would give Lebron yet another edge on Durant for the MVP award. By the way, don’t expect Wade to be back until the playoffs due to the fact that he’s injured and most teams usually pull their star players away before playoffs to prevent injuries.

Today at 1pm est, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat will be facing off against Melo and the Knicks. The Heat are to trying improve their struggling record against teams that are .500, their record is just 1-8 against .500 teams since the all star break. Even though the Heat pulled out a  convincing 105 to 82 it was against the Bobcats. The Bobcats are in last place in the entire league, with only 7 wins for their entire depressing season. So therefore, I don’t consider it to be an achievement of any sort. I’ve spoken to many people whom believe that Miami’s main problem is Chris Bosh. In fact, Bosh is not the problem,  the problem is production from their bench.  That’s the only way that they can expect to compete with teams like Chicago or Oklahoma City. The solution may in fact be to trade Bosh away but it’s too late now due to the fact that the trade deadline is passed. Then I hear people say that the Heat also need to get rid of Wade. When in fact he’s the one we need to keep the most. Everyone is only saying this because they see he has become injury prone and they don’t think he does as well as Lebron. These statements have become perplexing to me. The only reason that people say this about Wade is because they have become  accustomed to his performance, but yet he is still putting up preposterous numbers and if he were to retire today he would be a Hall of Famer no doubt. Now with that said you can see that the Drama for Miami is rising. New York has its own drama’s too.  Winning last sundays game aginst the Bulls due to Carmelo’s astonishing performance of 42 points which includes the Buzzer beating and game winning shots. It lost Linsanity and Stoudemire due to injuries and they could actually end up  moving to the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference depending on what happens with the Orlando Magic now that Howard is likely out for the rest of their season because without him I honestly don’t see them moving on to the second round of the playoffs. As of right now, if the playoffs started today Miami would be playing New York in the first round. So as the saying goes this series could give each team a little taste of the Medicine. Now if you’re just looking at today’s match up as just a must see and nothing else you might want to factor in the injury to Iman Shumpert’s ankle. Iman would be matching up against Wade and if he’s a no go then you’ll see J.R Smith taking him on in today’s game.  I see Miami taking this game 104- 98.