The Young And the Restless: What I Think About the Bulls

Joe WillettSenior Writer IJanuary 17, 2009

"The height of mediocrity is still low" Vanna Bonta

The Chicago Bulls are reaching the height of mediocrity, after winning two straight games, they are looking for a third straight tonight when they face the Spurs.

We don't know how the Bulls are going to play tonight, as they are completely different each night.  We don't know if they are going to win by 10 over the Cavaliers or lose to the Oklahoma City Thunder by 10.

Derrick Rose has been fantastic as of late.  He completely took over the fourth quarter against Toronto to games ago by scoring 17 of his 25 in the fourth, and scored another 16 two nights ago against the Cavs.  Rose has also had his down moments, scoring just three points with two assists against the Cavs two weeks ago.

The Bulls haven't won three in a row all year, and they have lost three in a row just once.  To start the new year, the Bulls lost their first two games followed by two strait wins, two losses, then two more wins to lead them into tonight.

"It's good to see us competing at the level I feel we can," head coach Vinny Del Negro said. "Back-to-back wins is a good sign for us."

However, this is the eight time that the Bulls have won two strait, and they are 0-7 coming off of those two game win streaks.

Wins against strong teams (Cavaliers, Jazz twice and Suns) are thrown off by losses to bad teams (Thunder and Bobcats).

Wins against bad teams (Raptors and Pacers) are thrown off by losses to good teams ( Cavaliers, Spurs, Pistons and Celtics twice).

We can pinpoint what works (the Bulls used a lineup of Kirk Hinrich, Rose, Ben Gordon, Andres Nocioni and Luol Deng) and what doesn't work (Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas).

Luol Deng has been strong since the new year started, averaging 17.3 points and 10 rebounds a night, which is going to be big if the Bulls want to use their latest two game streak to turn around their season.

The Bulls have a chance now to show that what has happened this season is in the past, and that they are ready to jump out of their 18-22 record with a new, healthy team.

They need to be better at taking hold of games late, and Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, and Ben Gordon need to step up for full games and play to their full potential.  If they are going to step up, the time is now, as they no longer can rely on the injury excuse with both Drew Gooden and Kirk Hinrich back.

However, it is much more likely that they are going to end up a few games below .500, as they strive for the best they can be, which is, unfortunately, the height of mediocrity.

I'm Joe W.

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