Derrick Rose, the consensus MVP from most fans and many writers who will vote for the award, had an off-night in Cleveland Friday night, scoring only 11 points and pulling down just one rebound (though with eight assists).
Never fear. Carlos Boozer posted a double-double with 24 points and 11 boards and the Bulls defeated the Cavaliers 93-82; the team's 59th win of the season clinched the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls will have home court as long as they progress through the East playoffs. They trail the idle Spurs by only one game for the league's best record. The Bulls' three remaining games are Sunday at Orlando, Tuesday at New York and Wednesday at home vs. New Jersey. The Spurs host the Jazz tomorrow and are at the Lakers Tuesday and at the Suns on Wednesday.
It has been a remarkable run for the Bulls. Most observers thought they'd be better this year, but absolutely no one predicted this. Since they lost two in a row to the Warriors and Trail Blazers on Feb. 5 and 7, the Bulls have gone 25-4.
When training camp began, Rose said, "Why can't I be MVP of the league?" People chuckled. No one's laughing now. The Bulls could enter the playoffs as at least co-favorites. It's an exciting time to be a Bulls fan.