Anyone else seeing red after Game 1?

May 07, 2013|By Jack M Silverstein | For RedEye

Screw it, I'm in.

No more of my "happy to be here" nonsense. I now see red.

At the end of Game 1, after the Bulls had finished icing over the Heat, my brother texted me from L.A.: "Daaaaaamn! Think we can sweep?" I laughed at this, but when I told my buddy Jesse, he cheered.

"Yes!" he said, clapping his hands together. "I like where his head is at."

And you know what? So do I. To approximately quote Derrick Rose from fall 2010, "Why not the Bulls? Why can't they beat the MVP of the league? Why?"

In fact, that whole quote was written for the 2013 Bulls. "I think I work hard. I think I dedicate myself to the game and sacrifice a lot of things … and I know that if I continue to do good, what I get out of it. And if that's me going out and doing whatever, I'm willing to do it, because I know that in the long run, it's going to help me."

Is that not this Bulls team in a nutshell? A bruised, beaten, never-say-die nutshell?

And speaking of the "why not me?" attitude, would a Bulls upset of Miami be any more surprising than Nuggets-Sonics in 1994, or Warriors-Mavericks in 2007, or Pistons-Lakers in 2004?

Or Bulls-Heat 2007?

Even with home-court advantage over Miami that year, nobody expected the little-engine-that-could Bulls to knock off the defending champion Heat, let alone SWEEP them.

But they did. And the '94 Nuggets, '07 Warriors, and '04 Pistons defied similar odds to scale their own mountains.

Stranger things have happened, Bulls fans. Like Rose missing a full season with a torn ACL. Like his teammates winning a Game 7 on the road with EVERYONE hurt. Like Jimmy Butler playing three straight 48-minute playoff games while guarding Deron Williams and LeBron James.

Now it's the Heat. Now they lead 1-0. Now fans look at each other and grin and let loose giddy, uncontrollable laughter.

Because, ya know, why not?

Jack M Silverstein is a RedEye special contributor. Say hey @ReadJack.

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