Somebody pinch me, because I must be dreaming: The Chicago Bulls just won two games in a row? So much for being the worst team in the league! Not only did the Bulls win two games in a row, but they looked really good in those two games. They weren’t fluky wins at all, the Bulls just played really well and were actually fun to watch.
The Bulls were led by Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen in both games, each displaying their unique skillsets. Dunn aggressively attacked the rim time after time, either finishing himself or laying off open shots for his teammates. The second year player had a career-high 12 assists in the first win, and nine the next day. However, the most impressive thing about Dunns’ stat-line was how well he took care of the ball. Kris Dunn often struggles to limit his turnovers and makes silly mistakes, but Dunn averaged just two turnovers a game during this mini win-streak.
It seems like the Chicago Bulls can rely on Kris Dunn to play terrific defense every night as well. Dunn had three steals in each of the Bulls wins, setting a tone for the rest of the team all night, and turning steals into easy layups on the other end.
Is it a coincidence that this two game winning streak began with the return of Nikola Mirotic? The European big man didn’t leave much of a mark on game one of the winning streak, but in the second game Niko had 19 points to lead all Bulls players. It seems like the beef, if it was ever a beef, between Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis is squashed. They both have made it clear that they’re ready to move on and played well on the court together the last two games. The two were even spotted high-fiving and complimenting each other on good plays the other made. I guess winning heals everything.
The Bulls were also lifted by the return of David Nwaba. Say what you will about Bulls’ brass, but signing David Nwaba was one of the steals of the offseason. This guy could legitimately be a role player on a championship team. He does all the little things that help you win games. He’s constantly out on the fast-break, making good cuts, or driving to the cup for easy layups/dunks. Nwaba is also a great hustle player, constantly fighting for loose balls, rebounds, and playing terrific defense. He’s going to have to work on that free-throw stroke a little bit, but this guy can play.
With Zach LaVine returning sometime in January, this team could be on the upswing. I’m not saying that they’ll be a playoff team when LaVine gets back, but they surely won’t be the worst team in the league anymore. It feels good to actually be excited about the Chicago Bulls.
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