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Will Bulls Get Off the Mat in Game 5?

May 15, 2013
No Lu. No Hinrich. No Derri... okay, okay I'll stop

Tom Thibodeau's boat is careening through vicious waves. Taking on water.

The Bulls are down 3-1, headed to a must-win Game 5 in Miami Wednesday night.

What's more the Heat are healthier. More talented.

The sky's pitch black, dark clouds are rolling in as the crew begins to lose hope...

Time for the boys in red to cut bait and fade into the off season, right?

Not so fast sailor. In fact, all hands on deck ya scallywags! 

You do know Joakim Noah still plays for the team, right.

Guy who assassinated the Brooklyn Nets postseason aspirations in a win-or-go-home Game 7? And on a bad wheel--pun alert--to boot?

"We've been dealing with a lot of injuries and a lot of adversity, the long-haired center told Examiner.com's Chris Cason. Nobody really cares, so it's just on us to find a way to get it done."

How about Jimmy Butler. Familiar with his story? Dude is tougher than gnarled railroad stakes. Mentally stronger than rhino hide. No moment is too big for him. He's. Not. Scared.

Point is it makes no sense to write the Bulls off now. Come to think of it, I don't even know where the phrase "write them off" even originated. Whatever it means, to hell with it. 

How do the weary Bulls have a chance to win Game 5 on the road?

Throw out the numbers. 

The Bulls have a chance because they've defied NBA pundit's expectations without DRose all season. Because Miami people are good people...and terrible sports fans. The Bulls have a chance because Nate won't go 0-12. Because Dwyane Wade's hurt. Because Thibs may be the best defensive mind ever. Because Noah, Butler and Taj Gibson will make sure the team doesn't shrink.

And if it does all come to end on Wednesday night...

Miami will have the playoffs scars to show for it. 

The Bulls are made up of survivors, we've seen it all year.

It's time to right the ship.

Adam Jun covers the Chicago Bulls for the Chicago Hoops forum on sportsideo.com

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