So far, the preseason of the NBA has been quite interesting and entertaining. Some teams are trying to figure out what type of team they have, while others seem to be in mid-season form. The Chicago Bulls‘ camp finished the first week loving what they see.
The Bulls have been playing some great ball the first two games, as they are playing well together and finding out the chemistry is building. The first game against the Indiana Pacers resulted in a road victory (82-76). The headline of the night was Derrick Rose’s return, but others contributed quite nicely. Taj Gibson, Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler were in attack mode along with D. Rose, and the team seemed to be lifted up by Rose’s return.
The second game, the Bulls jumped all over the Memphis Grizzlies for the win (106-87). Carlos Boozer led the charge with 16 points, and Kirk Hinrich and Gibson each had 15 points each. D. Rose added 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. The Bulls are getting contribution from everywhere, which has to make coach Tom Thibodeau smile.
The Bulls are looking really good in the preseason so far, but like every other team, there are still things to work on. The bench players have looked solid, especially Gibson, Hinrich and newly acquired Mike Dunleavy Jr. The rest of the bench, rookies Tony Snell and Erik Murphy in particular, have to improve. This is the time where each one of them can earn their spots in the rotation with solid defense, knocking down shots and playing hard. Another thing the Bulls hope for is to stay healthy. All-Star center Joakim Noah hasn’t suited up to play yet because of soreness; let’s hope the rest he is getting will be helpful in the long, regular season.
Coach Thibs has to like what he sees so far. His team is playing hard and looks to be ready to take the next step to championship contender. It is only the preseason, but Bulls fans have to be very excited about this upcoming season.