The Chicago Bulls revenged their Tuesday night loss to the Milwaukee Bucks with a nail-biting win Friday night. The Bulls originally signed Mike Dunleavy for shooting purposes, an extra outlet for Derrick Rose. With the season not going according to plan and Rose out, Dunleavy hasn’t exactly been the player Chicago had thought they signed.
Cue Friday night. With only seconds remaining and the Bulls down 88-90, Kirk Hinrich passed Dunleavy the ball and he nailed a three-pointer to snap a three game skid for Chicago. It was a breath of fresh air for a team that has struggled to find their place in an awful NBA Eastern Conference.
It’s clear that Chicago no longer has a player who is going to drop 25+ points every night and lead the team to victory, that was Rose’s job. Instead, they will have to resort to plan B, like they did last season, which includes a smothering defense and a prayer that there will be enough offensive production to win.
I’m going to make it a bit easier for the Bulls — keep up the tough defense and move the ball on offense. Rose was the Chicago offense because he drove the line, drew defenders, and dished the ball. So, they no longer have that type of player, but they do have a strong post player in Carlos Boozer and a decent guard in Hinrich. Chicago just needs to adopt an offensive philosophy like the San Antonio Spurs, pass and move the basketball. Swing the ball and get it in the post, the scoring should follow.