These are the Chicago Bulls we are accustomed to. This is the type of game the Bulls needed to try to get back to their winning ways and remedy some of their early-season struggles. The winless Utah Jazz came to Chicago and got beat down by the Bulls, 97-73.
When a team of the Bulls’ caliber is not playing up to their potential, a game against a pretty bad team can do wonders to get back on track. The Bulls did not take the Jazz for granted. They jumped to an early lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The story of the game was Luol Deng, who looked like the two-time All-Star player we know him to be. Deng was one assist shy of a triple-double, finishing with 19 points, 11 rebounds nine assists and five steals. The Bulls also got double figure scoring from Carlos Boozer, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. When the Bulls get a balanced attack like that, they are pretty hard to beat.
Everything wasn’t as smooth in this game as it could of been, though. The Bulls are still committing way too many turnovers. They had 16 in the first half and finished with 20 for the whole game. The offense still looked erratic at times and more improvement is needed on execution. Coach Tom Thibodeau will take the win by any means necessary, but he will demand better focus on offense. But he will be pleased on how the defense looked against the Jazz. The Bulls played with a lot of energy, effort and were very locked in on that end of the floor.
The Bulls found some sort of groove against the Jazz. The starters wanted to set the tone early and that group functioned as a unit for the first time this season. This was a solid win against a very weak team. Let’s not go overboard and get too hyped about this win, of course. It is one game and a much-needed win for the struggling Bulls, but there is still work to be done.