Cavaliers-Bulls: Chicago Actually Looked Good

Jake BrownContributor IJanuary 16, 2009

Here's the thing about the Chicago Bulls—they are not very good.  Nope, not good at all. On most nights, it's very hard to watch them.

Last night, with nothing better to do but bear the -15 degree temperatures, I turned on the Bulls and found something interesting. They actually looked pretty good in beating the Cavaliers in overtime, 102-93, at the United Center.

I couldn't believe it.

The key was relatively simple. They controlled LeBron James, "holding" him to 28 points on 8-of-28 shooting from the field.

Not bad, not bad.

The Bulls have won two in a row, and are building some momentum. The momentum will naturally get squashed when they play San Antonio on Saturday.

The difference is they actually look good—especially since Kirk Hinrich has returned from injury. Coincidence? Probably not. Hinrich, in a lot of ways, is their most consistent, reliable player, though he does have his limitations.

He's a lot steadier than all the bigs outside Drew Gooden, and he doesn't complain like Larry Hughes.

There are still a lot of issues with this team. There are too many guards. Joakim Noah is awful most nights and Tyrus Thomas is too inconsistent. Larry Hughes is unhappy. Derrick Rose is a rookie, albeit a very good one.

It's a transition year. Hey, we'll take the wins as they come. It's not every day the Bulls actually stop James from beating them into submission.