For the past several seasons, the Chicago Bulls have been known as a defensive-minded team that has difficulty scoring. This season has been no exception for the Bulls, however, they been able to find a lot of scoring as of late.
The Bulls are currently last in the NBA in overall scoring at 93 points per game. They have also lost two of their top scorers this season in Derrick Rose (torn meniscus) and Luol Deng (traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers). But throughout all of the adversity the Bulls have faced, they have found ways to win and are presently in a dogfight with the Toronto Raptors for the third seed in the Eastern Conference.
Chicago has also been able to score in a variety of way. Both Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson are averaging a career-high 13 points per game while providing solid defense in head coach Tom Thibideau‘s system. Mike Dunleavy — a free agent signing from the Milwaukee Bucks — has been a consistent 3-point threat and knockdown mid-range shooter. On top of that, the addition of D.J. Augustin in mid-December also gave the Bulls much needed firepower off of the bench. Augustin is the team’s leading scorer since coming over from the Raptors, and averaged 17 points in the month of March.
In their four-game winning streak through Mar. 30-Apr. 4, the Bulls have scored over 100 points in three of those wins. And with Chicago playing three teams under .500 in their last six games, the Bulls have a chance to up their scoring average while taking control of the third seed in the east.
If the Bulls can continue to score over 100 points to close out the season, consider them a very dangerous team heading into the playoffs.