Have the Bulls found the right balance?

After the victory in the “NBA Paris Game”, Chicago returned to its home. A comeback that went well as DeMar DeRozan’s teammates chained a third straight win against Atlanta.

“With what these kids had to go through last week, all the physical things they had to go through, the sleep changes and the time changes, I just told them to play…” Billy Donovan explains to The Athletic. “You just had to find a way to counter them and make the right plays. With that in mind, I thought they did a good job.”.

Tenth in the Eastern Conference, in a virtual playoff position, the Bulls must begin climbing the standings to hope to make the playoffs.

“It’s the second half of the season” Spotlight on DeMar DeRozan, who played his 1,000th regular season game. “Every game is important now. We should be the ones who want it the most. We have to go out there and fight. If we want to achieve our goals, we must go now! »

Second blades now respond

There’s reason to be optimistic about the Bulls’ defensive effort against the Falcons, especially as assignments appear to be better split between Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic, who can “rely on the upside of their role players.” Protective effectAlex Caruso will no longer be presented and the 2020 NBA champion was constantly striving throughout the game. As in this high defense on the first possession of the 4th quarter. The former Laker causes the Hawks to lose the ball and it sets the tone for the home game as the Bulls have increased their lead to +8 after three minutes.

“I talk a lot about the little things that help win” Billy Donovan explained. “A lot of times you look at the scoreboard and you look at the points and things like that and that’s obviously part of it. But there’s a lot of other things that affect the game and I think Alex does all of that.”.

Another lieutenant who won regularity: Patrick Williams Finished with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-4 3-pointers. He also recorded his first double-double of the season with 10 rebounds. The Bulls power forward is contributing more defensively, averaging 14 points and 5.8 rebounds over the past four games.

“His ability on both ends of the court is second to none.” DeMar DeRozan believes. “When he’s fit, it makes the game easier for all of us. He goes up against the defense and when he’s given the right to attack, it takes a lot of pressure from me, Zach and Vuce (Nikola Vucevic) to go out there and make the right call.”.

Chicago looks better and could make it a fourth straight win against the Pacers tonight. This would be a first this season and would especially allow the Bulls to overtake Indiana in the Eastern Conference standings!

Shots It bounces
Players GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Turn off Def Early p.d bp Int CT party Points
DeMar DeRozan 42 36.1 50.6 26.7 89.0 0.5 4.6 5.1 4.9 2.0 1.0 0.5 2.6 26.1
Zach Lavine 41 35.7 46.3 38.4 84.3 0.6 4.0 4.6 4.3 2.4 1.0 0.2 2.2 24.1
Nikola Vucevic 45 33.7 52.1 37.4 83.3 2.1 8.9 11.0 3.2 1.8 0.7 0.9 2.1 17.5
Patrick Williams 45 29.1 46.0 42.1 88.9 1.0 3.2 4.1 1.3 1.3 0.7 0.9 2.1 10.0
Ayo Dosunmu 43 27.7 50.6 32.8 79.6 0.7 2.4 3.1 2.6 1.4 0.7 0.3 2.5 9.6
Coby White 37 21.1 43.5 37.4 78.9 0.2 2.4 2.6 1.8 0.8 0.8 0.1 1.7 8.4
Goran Dragic 42 16.3 43.3 36.3 64.9 0.3 1.2 1.5 2.8 1.1 0.2 0.1 1.4 7.2
Andre Drummond 34 13.5 60.1 0.0 56.1 2.2 4.6 6.8 0.7 1.1 0.6 0.3 2.0 6.2
Derrick Jones 34 15.1 53.3 34.1 79.6 0.9 1.6 2.5 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.7 1.6 5.9
Cavonte Green 28 16.0 58.7 38.2 67.4 0.9 2.0 2.9 0.8 0.7 0.8 0.7 1.7 5.9
Alex Caruso 39 24.4 43.0 39.1 75.0 0.5 2.4 2.9 3.5 1.3 1.7 0.7 2.4 5.5
Carrick Jones 1 1.1 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0
Tony Bradley 10 2.6 50.0 50.0 100.0 0.1 0.9 1.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.1 1.2
Dalen Terry 17 3.2 40.0 25.0 75.0 0.1 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.9
Malcolm Hill 4 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Marko Simonovic 2 1.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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