Are Chicago Bulls Finally Turning The Corner?

By Courtney Harden
Chicago Bulls: Taking Baby Steps To Get Back To Relevancy
Dennis Wierzbicki – USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls fans have to be excited because the Bulls are undefeated in 2014. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves because it’s only been two games, but the Bulls have looked decent in those games. They just finished off the Atlanta Hawks with an impressive defensive 91-84 showing. The Bulls’ record is now 14-18.

The Bulls are starting to get a feel on how to finish games down the stretch. They are looking healthy and playing with the energy and urgency that fans are accustomed to. The last few weeks have been some of the best basketball that the Bulls have played in awhile. The offense is starting to get some type of continuity and the defense is looking much sharper. They are starting to remember how to win again.

With the Bulls’ brand of basketball, it always starts with the defense. In this game against the Hawks, the Bulls clamped down on that end of the floor. They held the Hawks to just 37 percent shooting from the field and 29 percent from 3-point range.  The Bulls also out-rebounded the Hawks on the glass 52-43. Coach Tom Thibodeau preaches defense and hustle all the time, and the Bulls are finally getting the message.

The Bulls really put it together this game despite not having Carlos Boozer in the lineup. Boozer sat out his first game of the season with a sore knee. Mike Dunleavy Jr. led the way with 20 points. Joakim Noah, Luol Deng and Taj Gibson combined for 37 points and 35 rebounds. It was an all-around performance for the Bulls.

Now the Bulls must continue to keep grinding out wins like this because they still have a long way to go. It’s good to see consistent effort and quality wins at this point in the season.

Courtney Harden is a Chicago Bulls writer for Follow him on Twitter @courtney110979, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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