The annual running of the bulls kicked off early this year as the Chicago Bulls trampled across the disheartened Raptors tonight to cruise to a 113-104 victory. Toronto gave more open looks tonight than Marilyn Monroe standing over a subway grate.
This was supposed to be the game where the Raps bounced back from a heartbreaking loss to New Jersey the night before to get back on track. Instead, Toronto derailed themselves by letting the Bulls shoot 52% from the field and 61% from the arc. If only those numbers meant success for me when they showed up on my high school report cards – I’d be golden right now.
But it was one of the those nights where Chris Bosh was ripping into Mike James again for taking terrible shots. Good for you, Chris. James needs to learn that the rest of the team won’t stand around and be the supporting cast to the Mike James Show. He may have racked up 13 assists tonight, but he made far too many poor basketball decisions in the game. So until Mike James either gets traded or shakes off the bad case of Alstonitis he’s got, I’ll stick by my guns.
The one positive I could draw from this game was Sam Mitchell’s coaching. He drew up some great plays at the right times; something that has been lacking terribly all season long. Maybe he’s finally beginning to get a handle on coaching or maybe the players are just starting to get it. Either way, it’s refreshing to see us execute X’s and O’s on a more consistent basis, and I have a sneaking feeling that Gene Keady may be playing a larger role than we see and know.
And on a final note, there was an Aaron Williams sighting in Chicago and we saw more of him tonight than Hoffa. As bad as Hoffa has been all season, he’s actually managed to sink even lower since the start of the new year. I don’t know how many more reasons Babcock needs to pull the plug on this one.