The Chicago Bulls continue to show why they are the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. Even if it is a tip-in game-winner in overtime against a Toronto Raptors team that has been out of the playoff race for weeks.
Luol Deng is having a superb season and his tip-in bucket with time expiring on Saturday night is another reason why his supporting role on the team is considered one of the X-factors that makes Chicago so dangerous.
For those not familiar, C.J. Watson with the ball in his hands when the game is on the line is something that happens when Derrick Rose is nursing a groin injury. I am sure everyone saw it was a Bulls highlight and figured it had something to do with Rose and a game-winning shot. Forget Rose, this was Deng at his finest.
Can things get any better for the Bulls right now?
Rose is out with a groin injury and they still pull out a game-winner with time expiring?
Chicago has won four straight and are 8-2 in their last 10 games with the Miami Heat breathing down their neck. The Bulls currently have a three-game lead over the Heat.
Adding a Deng tip-in with time expiring without Rose on the floor is just par for the course these days for this team. It sure feels like it's their season, right?
For those unsure as to whether Deng tipped the ball in before time expired, we can trust the Bulls commentator for the proper call in this instance. At least he had the decency to everyone to "drive home safely," while adding in a nice "Beep-beep" for good measure.