The Chicago Bulls ended their circus trip with a record of 2-5. Not the best record in recent seasons, but surely the Bulls will be glad to play in the United Center for some home court advantage soon. The Bulls played a rival Central Division team in the Milwaukee Bucks who currently lead the division.
Carlos Boozer lead the Bulls to a 93-86 win on Saturday night. Boozer played 36 minutes, finishing with 22 points and 19 rebounds. He was also 10-15 from the field. Richard Hamilton also finished with 22 points and 3 assists in 36 minutes of playing time. A major plus for the Chicago Bulls was their free throw shooting. They shot 96.2% from the charity stripe, going to the line 26 times. Luol Deng came through with some last game heroics and had 14 points and 8 rebounds.
The Bulls are gonna have to tighten their defense with teams like the Bucks, Mavericks, and 76ers in their near future. Partially, the Bulls are 6-6 because they’re giving opponents too many easy opportunities to score. On too many occasions, the Bulls are late on rotation and switching on defense. It may or may not be easily noticeable, but their defense is different from the past two seasons. Yes, it may be due to the fact of new bench players. But, their coach hasn’t changed and still requires them to play strong defense. The Bulls were never great on offense, besides Derrick, but that doesn’t mean they should ease up on opponents when guarding.
On Monday, the Bulls will play the Bucks, again. But, this time, the Bulls will be on their home court. In their next 5 games, the Mavs, Pacers, and 76ers will be a challenge to overcome. Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, and the rest of the reoccurring players look forward to playing their first round match-up from last season, Philadelphia 76ers, to get some small revenge.
Here’s a video recap of the win: