Friday night’s game was not going in the Chicago Bulls favor at all. It was looking like it was going to be another loss to the bad Milwaukee Bucks, but Mike Dunleavy, Jr. came up with a big game winning three-point shot. It wasn’t the most appealing looking shot, but he banked it in to give the Bulls the win, 91-90. This can be the type of shot that can build the team momentum moving forward.
Who would have thought that a game between a struggling Bulls team and a very abysmal Bucks squad would be this entertaining? Even though this was another regular season game it had a playoff atmosphere to it. Both teams were playing extremely hard, and you could see it in the Bulls’ body language that they wanted this win bad. The Bulls got some revenge against the Bucks who beat them earlier in the week.
The Bulls looked very energetic because they got a key component back in the lineup as Jimmy Butler returned after missing 11 games with a toe injury. Butler looked very spry and active while scoring 16 points in 37 minutes. His return boosted up the team and the activity on both ends of the floor. Joakim Noah was very excited to have Butler back and had one of those games where he looked unstoppable at times. Noah finished with 21 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks. He was all over the place with a dominant all-around game. New Bulls member DJ Augustin played 12 minutes in his debut. He did not score, but he will be a steady backup point guard.
Dunleavy’s big shot snapped the Bulls’ three-game losing streak, and this type of shot along with getting some of their healthy bodies back might be what the team needed to boost morale.