Chicago Bulls show balance in first win of the season over Wizards

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After dropping their first three games, the Chicago Bulls bounced back in a big way.

The first three games of the season were mostly forgettable, but the Chicago Bulls must remember this is a process. Under a new head coach in Billy Donovan, these guys are going to take a little while to mesh with the new system and find their comfort zones.

In their fourth game of the year, the Bulls pulled out their first win over the Washington Wizards. It was a tall task taking on Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal, of whom Donovan is very familiar with, but the Bulls got it done.

Chicago won the first three quarters before Washington out scored the Bulls by just two points in the fourth. In the end, Donovan got his first win in Chicago by a score of 115-107.

The pleasant surprise was seeing this Bulls team end with seven players in double figures. Zach LaVine led the way with 23, while Coby White was right behind him with 18. The rookie Patrick Williams scored 12 and Wendell Carter notched his second-straight double-double with 10 points and 12 boards.

The Bulls also continued to shoot the three ball with regularity. All but one player who saw the court took at least one three-pointer (Daniel Gafford).

One of the best parts about this game was seeing the potential this Bulls back court has with the one-two punch of White and LaVine. Before White’s ascension towards the end of last season, we saw a lot of LaVine facilitating for his first couple of seasons in Chicago.

LaVine has always been an underrated point guard, although he mostly plays the two. He’s played point in the past, and a lot of the times he has taken over that type of role for the Bulls due to their lack of a true offensive-minded, capable facilitator. But now that he has White, the potential for both of these guys to hit their ceilings is something to behold.

Seeing LaVine and White both score in double figures is not out of the ordinary, but getting six assists from each of them is a luxury the Bulls aren’t necessarily used to. When you can put two guards on the floor who present the threat to score at any point, as well as being an above-average passer, the offense really takes a step forward.

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Now, add in the fact that Chicago also got 10 points and six assists from Tomas Satoransky, and that’s what you call true balance and depth at the guard position. Donovan has a highly capable three-guard rotation with these guys, and moving forward we could see a lot more nights like this one, where the balance is remarkable between the three of them.