If an NBA team is traveling to Chicago to take on the Bulls, they had better hope Turner Sports isn't involved.
The Bulls on Thursday extended one of the most obscure streaks in sports,defeatingthe Cavaliers 99-93 —their20th straight victory at home when TNT broadcasts their game.
Maybe Chicago really like Kevin Harlan and Marv Albert. Maybe the thought that Charles Barkley is watching somehow motivates them. Maybe, just maybe, this is an insane, inexplicable streak with no actual explanation other than random stuff sometimes happens.
Nah, it can't be that.
My working theory is that TNT's cameras give off some sort of gamma radiation that inexplicably empowers Bulls playerswhile simultaneously weakening their opponents.
Either way, the win over Cleveland — Chicago is 4-0 against the Cavaliers this season — is the fifth TNT home win this year for Chicago. The Bullshavealready beat powerhouses in the Celtics (twice),Spurs and Warriors. Their last loss in a TNT-aired home gamecame on Feb.21, 2013, against the then-LeBron James-led Heat.
Unfortunately for Chicago, which is fighting for a playoff spot, TNT won't airany more Bulls home games this season.