The Chicago Bulls have struggled out of the gate so far. In their opening week they went 1-2 with losses to the Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers. Their lone win came in dramatic fashion against the New York Knicks.
Obviously this wasn’t the start the Bulls or their fans were looking for. So, that begs the question. What exactly went wrong for the Bulls? The staff and I dove into the specifics.
1. The Bulls were less that impressive in the first week of the season as they only went 1-2 with the win being a close one. Who is to blame for this slow start?
Brandon C: Jimmy Butler is to blame for the slow start. Butler pushed the paced too much and got the Bulls out of their rhythm in the 76ers game. Also, coach Thibs will need Derrick Rose to score less in order for Butler to be effective in the lineup.
Jordan: There’s no one to blame per se. We all have been guilty of over-analyzing the start of any professional sport season. The Heat were a good team, and the 76ers have beaten everybody this season. Just an off-start for the Bulls to the season. The team will come around and live up to their expectations
Dylan: I don’t think anyone is at fault here. It’s just been a case of struggling as a team to get shots to fall and to get into a rhythm. Obviously you’d like to see Derrick shoot better, but there should be no worries, he’ll come along.
2. Derrick Rose had a pretty good preseason, but hasn’t really found it yet this year. He still looks explosive, but is shooting poorly. What could be the reason for this?
Brandon C: It is his first taste of full speed NBA action and he is trying too hard to make plays happen. Rose needs to be a floor general and only take over games when the time is right.
Jordan: Game-Speed is always dialed down in the pre-season. Rose will get there. I’d expect in the next week or two, the Bulls point guard will come around. While not scoring, Rose has been an overall improved player this season
Dylan: The preseason and regular season are two completely different animals. He hasn’t played the game for a pretty long time so it’s going to take him some more games to get adjusted. Bulls fans need to remain patient.
3. Carlos Boozer has been the brightest player for the Bulls as he is averaging over 20 points a game. How likely is it that he sustains these numbers?
Brandon C: The numbers will likely dip when Joakim Noah finds his form in the paint.
Jordan: They are destined to fall back. Once Rose comes around and Joakim Noah is fully healthy, Boozer will no longer carry the load for the Bulls offense.
Dylan:I don’t think they dip at all. Boozer was brought into Chicago to score. He’s not a good defender and he’s an average rebounder. He can fill it up and I think his numbers stay relatively the same throughout the year.
Prediction Time!! The Bulls are in Indiana against the Pacers on Wednesday evening and then welcome the Jazz to the UC on Friday night.
Brandon C: Bulls fall by 15 to the Pacers in a tough environment.
Boozer proves to be the star again against his former team in a double digit win against the Jazz. Loul Deng wont get in foul trouble either while Butler scores over 20 points
Jordan: Break-through game for Rose as he finds his shooting against the Pacers. Bulls win.
Bulls make it two in a row with a victory over the Utah Jazz.
Dylan: The Bulls will struggle with the Pacers, they lose by double digits.
Rose finally breaks out of his shell against the Jazz, Bulls win by 10.