So much for that early season slump huh? When the Chicago Bulls got off to a slow and very rocky start earlier this season, people were ready to bury them. There were all sorts of things being said about the Bulls: they are over-hyped, they don’t have enough to win anymore and their time had passed according to Indiana Pacers forward Paul George.
Well, so much for those notions, as the Bulls have rattled off four straight wins after starting the season 1-3. They just finished dominating the last undefeated team, the Pacers, 110-94.
This was a very important game and a statement win for the Bulls. They were locked in and focused from the start and beat the Pacers everywhere imaginable. The Bulls’ offense was crisper and they brought it to the Pacers defensively. The energy and intensity level was off the charts. George made those comments two weeks ago, and the Bulls did not take those words kindly.
Bulls guard Derrick Rose, back from sitting out one game with hamstring tightness, looked like he was on a mission. His jumper was on the money, hitting 6-for-11 3-pointers and finishing with 20 points. Rose had that bounce and was swerving and penetrating against the league’s best defense.
Luol Deng had another solid game, scoring 23 points. Continuing with the balanced attack, five other Bulls scored in double figures, including Taj Gibson chipping in with 15 points and eight rebounds. Kirk Hinrich, who started when Rose sat out, contributed 13 points, eight assists and four rebounds.
Even though this was only one game and it was an early regular season game, the Bulls will take the win. That dreadful start of the season is a thing of the past. The Bulls are starting to look like the team many fans and experts predicted they would be. It just took some time, people. The Bulls are back on track and let’s enjoy the journey.