For long weeks, the Bulls have displayed an erratic and troubling level of play. The highlight, obviously, came when he dropped 150 points in Minnesota on Dec. 18. That day they had hit rock bottom and now they could only go up.
This is indeed the case, for since that setback the Chicago franchise has awoke with eight wins in twelve games and reaches the midpoint of the season with a record of 19 wins to 22 losses.
“It was difficult at the beginning and we didn’t give up”Finds Nikola Vucevic for NBC Sports. “We united, but we showed that we can fight. Last season was the opposite. We had a problem at the end of the season and we never found a solution. This year we know how to do it and show how good we can be. »
Pivot is right to mention last season’s scenario. By the end of February, the Bulls were among the best teams in the Eastern Conference with 39 wins in 60 games. Out of the last 22 meetings, Nikola Vucevic and his gang will be smart and eventually lose 15…
“We’re halfway through the season and we’ve made great progress over the last two weeks”
Therefore, the positive momentum of the last few days should serve as a springboard for the second half of the season.
“We played at the level we fought for in the last ten or twelve matches” DeMar DeRozan analysis. “We are united in attack and defense, we communicate. Each challenges the other and each is responsible. We are halfway through the season and have made great progress over the past two weeks. We will continue to build on this base and our confidence will grow. »
Things weren’t perfect in Chicago during that twelve-game streak, the defense was still just as fragile, but the offense stepped up a notch and showed the same level of efficiency (118 points per 100 possessions). Celtics since the beginning of the season. Above all, there are successes against big teams like Brooklyn and Milwaukee. Wins over Miami and Philadelphia are also notable, but with Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid absent to qualify.
“We showed that we can compete with the best teams in the league” DeMar DeRozan is happy. “It is an advantage that we should take advantage of in the second half of the season. »
The upcoming calendar is very favorable until the end of January, especially with the Wizards, Thunder, Pistons (in Paris), Falcons, Hornets or even Magic in the program. Chicago has finally launched, so we need to confirm soon.
“We are in a good mood” Zach LaVine says. “We play for each other. We talk a lot, we trust ourselves individually and collectively. I think we found our cruising speed. We begin to understand the roles of each. »
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