Bulls finish “Circus” road trip with a 4-3 record

The Chicago Bulls have just recently finished their “Circus” road trip with a 4-3 record.  This is pretty impressive for this year’s team because they finished 4-3 even without their key free agent pick up Carlos Boozer.  The Bulls had a chance to win every game by not losing any game on the trip by more than nine points. 

The “Circus Trip” has been a nightmare for the Bulls for a long time now.  This year’s team is the first time the Bulls finished their “Circus Trip” with a winning record since the Jordan Era 1997-98 season.  This team finished with a 62-20 record and won the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz four games to two.

The Bulls played great on this road trip.  The trip started with a win and ended with a win.  The Bulls first defeated the Houston Rockets 95-92.  They then lost a very winnable game to the San Antonio Spurs(best record in the NBA right now) 103-94.  The Bulls traveled to Dallas to get a 88-83 win, and they lost to last year’s champions, the Los Angeles Lakers, 98-91.  The next day they beat the Phoenix Suns in double overtime 123-115.  Two days later the Bulls(without Derrick Rose– stiff neck) lost a heart breaker to the Denver Nuggets 98-97 on a Carmelo Anthony game winning buzzer beater.  The Bulls then traveled to the home of the Sacramento Kings to finish their “Circus Trip” with a 96-85 win.

In the six games that Rose played in, he played phenomenally.  He finished the trip averaging 30.5 points, 6.5 assists, and 5.6 rebounds.  Rose has been playing like the All-Star he was last year.  The Bulls are hoping he can keep this play up when Boozer returns.

Charles Barkley, an NBA analysis and former player, predicted the Chicago Bulls to win the Eastern Conference to advance to the NBA Finals.   

The real question is if the Bulls can play their whole season like the 1997-98 Bulls and maybe even do some damage in the NBA playoffs as Barkley predicted.