Bulls Avoid Piston Disaster to Achieve Unrivaled feat in 4 years
The Chicago Bulls entered the 2021-22 season with quite a bit of hype, and they wanted to get off to a good start against a Detroit Pistons team that will likely end up at or near the bottom of the Eastern Conference. The Bulls had a tough offensive performance with their new team, but avoided disaster with a 94-88 win, putting them over 0.500 for the first time since March 2017.
Zach LaVine was the only Bull who managed to dominate, with 34 points on 11 of 17 shots. LaVine’s supporting cast has had its ups and downs, with Nikola Vucevic, DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball combining for 44 points on 20 shots out of 50.
Chicago’s much-maligned defense cracked down and helped pave the way for victory, but the offense was a legitimate disappointment given the improved level of talent. This could be a work in progress for this group as they build chemistry together.
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âThe Bulls won the first game of the season for the first time since 2016. They have a winning record for the first time since March 2017. And it looks a bit like a loss after that game because it was so ugly. . â¦ It wasn’t a pretty game. From the start of this game, it was incredibly ugly. The ball movement that defined the Bulls’ offense in the preseason was nowhere to be found. It was a relatively difficult start for DeMar DeRozan, his first time in a Bulls uniform. It was also a fairly uneven match for Nikola Vucevic. But Zach LaVineâ¦ he really wants the Bulls to come in in the second half.
Expectations were certainly higher for Wednesday’s game, but a win is a win:
âIt was a game I really expected the Bulls to come out and win by 20, but it didn’t happen. It was a pretty sloppy and physical game from the start. The Bulls never really found a rhythm, but they won anyway, so credit the Bulls for getting that W. It was a game they absolutely had to win. If they had lost this game it would have been devastating. “
The Bulls shot just 43.0% from the field and 7 of 23 at 3 points. They had 18 assists and 17 turnovers. There were a ton of missed layups that hurt, which should be easily fixed. It was really an ugly performance, but being able to pull it off is hopefully a sign that things are different this season.
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