David Zavac of FearTheSword.com joins Nillz to preview the Bulls second round series with the Cavaliers. Listen to them discuss the impact of Kevin Love’s absence, analyze the Kyrie Irving/Derrick Rose match-up, and identify the keys for each team to advance.
Mitch & Nillz react to lasts night’s Bulls win and whether “Playoff Derrick Rose” is sustainable. Weary of “skipping steps,” listen to our renewed optimism as the Bulls go for the sweep tomorrow in Milwaukee.
Because when D. Rose’s scores the most points in the playoffs since his 1st knee injury, we need the full highlights.
ICYMI, Rose led the Bulls to a double overtime win in Milwaukee with 34 points and 8 assists during 48 minutes of play (probably the most encouraging stat over all.) He was breathtaking in driving to the rim, with one especially vintage drive through everyone on the team for a layup, and was knocking down the trey ball with 5 3-pointers on the night.
Here’s a couple of those plays in Vine form if you don’t have the 7 minutes or so handy. If you do, then be sure to also peep Hardwood Paroxysm by noon today where I’ll have even more on this game… namely, my first-hand account of the game since I was there! It was electric, let me tell ya. I’m still in a haze of lightheadedness (from coffee, guys), fatigue (still had to drive home), a hoarse voice, and just surreal deliriousness from being a part of that crowd and drive back home.
Day 1 of the best time of the year was today and leading the way, especially for us Bulls fans, was Derrick Rose looking like the MVP of old in his first game back in the Playoffs since the first of his knee injuries 3 years ago.
He finished with 23 points, 7 assists, on numerous attacking drives and 3 straight 3s in the 3rd quarter. He even showed some emotion pumping up and saluting the crowd after a 10 points 2nd quarter that, honestly, we’ve never really seen from him. He looked happy to be back and said as much in the various interviews also included above. Love his zen-like, no expectation approach. And now that he’s playing like this… the rest of the NBA, namely the Cavs after 3 more wins, will be taking notice…
Elsewhere, earlier in the day, Steph Curry led the Warriors with 34 points in their Game 1 victory over Anthony Davis (35 points) and the Pelicans. The Dubs led by as much as 25 but Davis led the Pelicans back in the 4th to make it a game. The iconic highlight from today… Steph below.
Damn. This was a tough, emotional watch. But just the same, an example for those trying to cope with a tragic reality caused by gun violence.
“You’re Not Alone” is a Joakim Noah production, and a mini-doc of sorts, that interviews some of Chicago’s youth who have lost a dear loved one to senseless gun violence. Teammates Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson, who had both lost friends in the same way, also sit down for the video. To see their vulnerability and emotions in reflecting on their loss certainly drove home the message that “You’re Not Alone.” Gibson literally looked lost and without an answer and Rose broke down and cried. On the same level, it was heartbreaking to hear how the kids talked about their friends so glowingly.
Through their stories and emotions, we see the importance of talking things out and coping openly if you’re in a similar situation. Furthering this sense of unity, Joakim Noah’s Noah’s Arc Foundation is selling a teardrop pendant designed by his mother, Cecilia Rodhe, as a symbol for peace and coping with loss. Noah describes the “Drop of Consciousness” in more detail with the video powerfully ending on his words and he and the other subjects wearing it. Props to everyone involved in the making of this video (dir. award-winning author and documentarian Alex Kotlowitz) and our prayers and thoughts go to them and those involved in their stories. Watch above and send an intention out for the continued end of gun violence.
It represents people. It’s also a symbol of hope, just knowing that no matter what you’re going through you’re wearing this and we’re all in this together, this fight.
Mitch and E react the the news that Derrick is out 4 to 6 weeks and breakdown the three games they’ve had without him. Note: We recorded it before we had news of the Jimmy injury. A shame because “Tired Elbows” would of been perfect.