Coming into this training camp and preseason, the Chicago Bulls wanted to work hard, stay healthy and come together as a team. They accomplished some of those things and more. The Bulls completed the preseason with no losses on their record and hopes that the momentum will carry into the regular season.
The Bulls finished the preseason with a sloppy 94-89 win against the Denver Nuggets. They weren’t as sharp and crisp in this game, and had lots of turnovers in the first half while not playing with any intensity. The Bulls turned it around in the second half with a more aggressive effort to pull off the win.
Coach Tom Thibodeau was not very happy the way things ended, but he will take the win. He said after the game that the Bulls have a lot of work to do, and they will be ready when the games count.
This has been an impressive showing for the Bulls all preseason. They had to deal with some injuries to a couple of key players, Joakim Noah and Kirk Hinrich. Noah has been dealing with a nagging groin injury and he might not be ready for the season opener. He has only appeared in one game this preseason and he is a very important piece to the Bulls’ winning puzzle.
Hinrich suffered a concussion midway through the preseason and is dealing with a sore shoulder. He has been cleared to practice and should be ready for the opener. With the injuries piling up this early, other Bulls have stepped in and proved their worth. Guys like Erik Murphy, Tony Snell and Marquis Teague are getting quality minutes and are ready to be called upon when necessary.
Many people don’t put a lot of stock in preseason, but the Bulls finishing undefeated is a big deal. Winning is the name of the game in sports, no matter if it’s preseason or the regular season. The excitement is building for the regular season to start, and the Bulls are more than ready.