Since the start of the 2013-14 NBA season, the Chicago Bulls have been struggling to hit outside shots. As a team, the Bulls are shooting a mere 26 percent from three. The struggle was presumably noted by head coach Tom Thibodeau and the emphasis of points in the paint was exercised by his team in their 25-point, 97-73 win against the Utah Jazz last night.
Every perimeter player for Chicago has been struggling through the first five games of the season and it has them below .500. Last night against Utah, the Bulls only attempted a team total eight 3-point field goals. Throughout the night, Chicago slammed the Jazz in the paint, outscoring them 56-22.
Loul Deng has been struggling the most out of the bunch, but seems to be getting back into regular-season form. Deng was an assist away from a triple-double last night, dropping a game high 19 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. He was shooting six percent from three coming into last night’s game and did not attempt a single one. Instead, he shot 7-of-9, 77 percent from the field. Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah also provided ample inside scoring for the Bullies. Boozer’s hot start to the season reignited last night with a double-double, hitting 7-of-11 shots for 18 points.
Though the Bulls dominated inside against Utah, they still managed to turn the ball over 20 times. The Bulls have been averaging 18.5 turnovers a game. Thibodeau did a great job getting his players to focus on inside scoring. Hopefully, he can do the same for Chicago’s turnover problem.