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Bulls Season So Far

I am not going to lie; I like the Bulls chances for success for a number of reasons. We’ve only seen 6 games so far this season but the Bulls have not yet lost to a team that they should have beaten. Last season it appeared that we were slightly more inconsistent on that front. We could beat Cleveland in overtime but then lose to the Knicks. This should not be interpreted as me saying that it is acceptable to get blown out by the Celtics or lose to Miami, a team which I think we match up well against, it is just that those losses are slightly more palatable that losing to teams like Charlotte, Minnesota, Milwaukee, etc. I like that while we have not been scoring in bunches we have been limiting opponents to only 92.3 ppg, well below league average. I attribute this to Derrick Rose’s and Joakim Noah’s rising maturity and basketball intelligence, the natural defensive ability of Taj Gibson, and the length of both Luol Deng and John Salmons, not to mention the increase in minutes for Kirk Hinrich from last season. Moreover, we finally had a game where we shot at or above 50% (against Charlotte). We are outrebounding opponents, turning the ball over less, stealing the ball more, and blocking more than our opponents. We don’t have more assists than opponents but I almost solely contribute that to the one on one nature of John Salmons’ game. However, there are some concerns. We only have ten healthy players right now, and have really only been giving minutes to six or seven of them. Tyrus Thomas being out is not necessarily a good thing, but it will give both Taj Gibson and James Johnson a chance to prove themselves. I look for the Bulls to continue building on their good Central division standing over the next week with games against Toronto, Philadelphia, and Sacramento.

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