Chicago is out of the blocks quickly this season after doubling up on a back to back that started at home on National Television and culminated with a 15 point victory against the lonely Nets in Brooklyn a night later. The Bulls got double digit production from all of their starters, Jimmy Butler led the way in scoring with 24 while Nikola Mirotic and Pau Gasol led the way with nine rebounds a piece.
The Bulls seem to have a lot of confidence here early in the season and the offense is really coming to play the first couple of nights with spirited efforts and good point production from everyone on the team. Aaron Brooks led all bench players with 12 points while also being the only bench guy to have a +1 in point differential while he was on the court. Each Bulls starter averaged about a +22.5 when they were on the floor two nights ago.
The Bulls could start the season extremely hot if they can take care of the teams they are on paper supposed to beat. The Bulls head to Detroit tonight before coming back to Chicago on Sunday night to play the Magic and then will go out once again to do battle in Charlotte. The Bulls next big test will be a week from yesterday when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder at the UC again on National Television. The Thunder were hampered by injuries last year that caused them to miss the playoffs leading to their coach Scott Brooks getting fired. Former University of Florida and national championship winning head coach Billy Donovan is now the head man in OKC and he’s got a big time player heading into his free agency year. Kevin Durant will be be on the market this summer and he’s going to want to try an maximize his profitability before hitting the open market.
The Bulls should continue their winning ways, and it’ll be a fun night in Chicago when KD and Russell Westbrook come to town to take on the Bulls in what could easily be an NBA Finals preview early in the season.