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Bulls Up, Then Down

With two games gone in this young NBA season, the Chicago Bulls appear to be a mixed bag thus far. The Chicago Bulls rose to the occasion against the San Antonio Spurs in a 92-85 victory where a balanced offense (with six players in double figures), and a balanced defense, were key in the team’s success. However, it would be interesting to see how they would fare against a Boston Celtic team that was healthy again with the addition on Rasheed Wallace. The Celtics beat the Bulls pretty handily in two of their three regular season meetings last year and outlasted the Bulls in an epic seven games series in the first round of the playoffs. While head coach Vinny Del Negro would call this game a barometer of how far this team had come, I thought it would be the case of a relatively young team that would struggle coming off a huge victory against one of the better teams in the league but I was hoping that they would prove me wrong.

Unfortunately my hopes would be dashed early in this game as the Chicago Bulls would fall behind early in the second quarter and would never recover. The Boston Celtics would cruise to 50-35 halftime lead and things wouldn’t get any better in the second half. The Bulls cold shooting would continue and the Boston Celtics would run away in the second half and would win the game 118-90. The only positive from this game was the play of power forward Joakim Noah one of the top scorers for the Bulls’ s with 16 points connecting on seven of his ten shot attempts from the field. He was one of the few Bulls players who seemed to have anything close to an offensive rhythm for the entire game. If the Bulls are hoping to take steps toward being a better team, their road play will have to improve dramatically. While this is only one game out of 41 they will play on the road this year, it is definitely not how you want to begin the year the first game away from home. Let’s hope they can learn from the miscues of this game and prepare for DeWayne Wade and the Miami Heat later on today.

James Tillman

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