It took longer than most Chicago Bulls fans had expected, but the team’s offense is finally clicking on all cylinders. After a highly efficient night versus the Toronto Raptors on Friday, the Bulls responded by handing the Indiana Pacers their first loss of the season. A tight hamstring earlier in the week forced Derrick Rose to take a four-day rest, but it was time well spent as No.1 was nothing but crisp on Saturday.
The 2010-11 NBA MVP appeared to be his old self as Rose finished the night with a season-high 20 points. The Bulls created a ton of offense in the paint early on, which opened the door for Rose to take advantage of a few great looks on the perimeter. The Bulls point guard knocked down six three-point shots and shot over 50% from behind the arc. With that being said, most of Rose’s opportunities were presented via great post play from Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng.
While Rose is the most talked about Bulls player, it’s safe to say that Deng is the one that generates Chicago’s offense more often than not. Deng’s ability to post-up smaller guards like George Hill and Lance Stephenson is definitely something that Bulls fans should not take for granted. After facing a stingy Pacers’ defense, the Bulls will lineup against the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday in a game that should also help the Bulls regain their rhythm on the offensive end.