Bulls Loss Easier To Swallow Than Most

We can deal with miracle finishes; it's bad basketball we hate

Last night, in the midst of a second overtime in Miami, Chicago Bulls forward John Salmons used a move he has used so many times this season, only a few of which have come in a Bulls uniform. He stuttered, and then dribbled left, and then spun. Usually the move creates space for Salmons' jump shot. That jump shot is reliable. It often goes in.

Last night, though, Salmons didn't even get to try. The move didn't really work, and so Salmons spun inside the key to create space for himself, and just as he was spinning, it happened that fast: Dwyane Wade sprinted from his spot on the low block, ran into Salmons, stole the ball, and was heading the other way.

The clock ran down. Wade launched a floater from three as time expired, and of course -- of course -- it went in. Bulls lose.

It is a not a new thing for the Bulls, this losing. They've been doing it just as consistently as they've been winning all season. But it is rare to lose in such spectacular fashion, and it is common, we think, to feel incredible anger after such a loss. They were so close. That shot was so lucky. You get the idea.

Us? This is the least angry we've been all year. Why get mad? The Bulls played OK basketball for much of the game -- better basketball than they've been accustomed to playing, actually -- and were in the end undone by a singular play from one of the game's greatest, most unstoppable players. Better that outcome than another bad Bulls outing, right? Better than than ugly basketball. Better that than another night where no one improved and no one learned anything.

Being mad that Dwyane Wade does that to your basketball team is like being mad at a hailstorm for denting up your car. What's the point? We choose to take solace in the fact that the car was running properly for once.

Eamonn Brennan is a writer, editor and blogger that thinks the Veteran Committee would give 65% approval to filet mignon. You can also read him at Yahoo! Sports, FanHouse, MOUTHPIECE Sports Blog, and Inside The Hall, or at his personal site, eamonnbrennan.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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