Yes, it's true the Bulls played Thursday night and then had to fly into the Bean for Friday's affair. But it still looked like they quit in this game. There are few teams as infuriating as these Bulls, who simply don't seem to get it, even though they say otherwise. It was men against boys last night, and the two most memorable moments had more to do with the people in the stands than the players on the court. P.J. Brown's introduction brought a completely ridiculous standing ovation from the crowd; and with the game already in hand Big Baby went careening over the scorer's table for a loose ball, further endearing himself to everybody he did not land on.
So after Wednesday's minor masterpiece, this game was crap, but nobody complained. Really what was uplifting last night was just seeing Sam here, and we might actually get to see him play against Memphis. The Celtics quietly have now won seven in a row, notching up the "easy" victories this month before the schedule gets brutal. When you analyze where the C's are compared to the good WC teams, the road seems paved with gold. The pressure is seemingly off; and from now to the end of the regular season can be utilized as one long tune up for the playoffs. Or so we hope.