Rajon Rondo, you just got "got."
Derrick Rose is bigger than you. He's stronger than you. He's faster than you.
And he just blocked your game-winner.
In your unsuspecting face.
I would say they're officially dead, but they're not. They still have a game to play. In Boston.
And they still are one heck of a team.
However, regardless of the fact that they're at home, have the better coaching, and have Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, I don't think they stand a chance. Not if the same Bulls that have appeared in all four overtime games show up.
If those guys show up in Boston, we'll be having tea early on Monday. Make it eleven, bro. I got a tennis match.
Looking for reasons to sway one way or the other on who is going to win? Or even better, who you should want to win?
Here's five solid reasons:
1. The Bulls Aren't Afraid
They're young, confident, and unaware. Most of their players are playing like they were on the 1977 Lakers or Knicks. They've been there. They've done that. This is a cakewalk. A very close and competitive cakewalk, that is.
But really, with seasoned veterans in Kirk Hinrich and Brad Miller, they have the poise and leadership, but then they have Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas. These guys are athletic and talented, while coming in without any inkling as to what losing in the playoffs means.
2. The Celtics Will Be More Tired
The Celtics may be the reigning champs, but both of these teams took a beating last game, and only one of them is depending on two guys over 30 to pull them out of it.
And it's not Chicago.
As amazing as Ray Allen and his 51 points were on Thursday night, we won't be seeing that again. Even if he's not "off," he's unlikely to bring even half of that in back-to-back games.
While Paul Pierce could go nuts after being a little off last game, it's a reach to think he can do it all by himself.
3. The Celtics Keep Living in the Past
They're sulking over losing Leon Powe, are losing their poise, and are even tempted to bring Kevin Garnett back early.
Some advice for the great Doc Rivers: Get over it, get it back, and knock it off.
Garnett is too valuable to them for the next 2-4 years, and bringing him back early probably wouldn't win them a title at this point. Not when he's at 30 percent, or whatever imaginary percentage the Celtics want to throw at us.
4. My Back-up Point Guard is Better Than Your Back-up Point Guard
I have Kirk Hinrich, and you have a guy with a tattoo of a star on his head.
I wonder who feels best about this situation.
If you can give him a break over his missed lay-up, then you can safely say Hinrich has a been a huge part of this series, as well as a great leader on the floor.
Stephon Marbury, well, let's just say we can't say the same.
5. The Bulls Have Better Depth?
I feel a little bit like Ron Burgandy here, but I just can't believe I'm saying it.
Despite bringing only two guys off their bench for more than five minutes in a 60-minute game, they still presented more depth and production than Boston's entire bench.
The Bulls used just three different players clocking in over one minutes, while the Celtics used five.
While that was mostly due to foul trouble for Boston, it still paints an ugly picture.
Kirk Hinrich and Brad Miller are good, reliable players, and they don't start for their team.
Boston, on the other hand, is starting Glen Davis, and only has Eddie House as a truly reliable threat on their bench.
Sit back down, Tony Allen; and that goes for you, too, "Starbury."
The truth is, there are probably more than five good reasons that Chicago can and should win this series, but none better than to throw Kevin Garnett's own words in his face.
Chicago is a seven seed. They're the definition of an average team, going 41-41 in the regular season, as well as 3-3 so far in the playoffs.
Like Kevin Garnett screamed into the air after he won the Finals, so too, will Derrick Rose and the Bulls when they join together, hand-in-hand, screaming," Anything is possible."