Chicago Bulls: Positives from first 3 games of the season

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Over the first three games, the Chicago Bulls have had a tough start to the season.

It has not been an easy first week for the Chicago Bulls. Going 0-3 to start the 2020-2021 season, the Bulls may seem to be right back where they were at the end of last year.

Even though the beginning has been rough, though, there are definitely some positives to take from the trio of losses, and it starts with the head coach.

1. Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan enforces accountability

Before the Bulls’ loss on Sunday to the Warriors, Billy Donovan told reporters that he’s preaching a very specific message to his team. That message? It’s simple.

”Swim to it.”

He told the Sun Times that if, for example, someone throws you a life raft while you’re out in the water drowning, you must swim to it. Don’t expect someone to throw you the answers. Nobody is going to work for you. It’s up to you, personally, to take ownership of mistakes.

The Bulls’ defensive miscues have been apparent through three games, and that’s the area they’ll need to improve the most if they are to compete for a playoff spot. Chicago is giving up 126 points per game to start the season, and gave up a whopping 83 to the Hawks in the first half on opening night.

The lack of communication has been clear on defense, but Donovan doesn’t seem too worried. His leadership and coaching style will only make these young guys stronger. They will learn as they go and become a much more competitive team because of their mistakes.