Looking at the list of missing players for both teams heading to Chicago Bulls At the end of the pre-season, the allure of the match was to see how some of the younger and reserve players were doing with the increased minutes. against a Milwaukee Bucks A team with a very short course (eight players) and full of reserves, the Bulls jumped to the top early and never looked back. Despite leading by only two points in the inning, Chicago outperformed their opponents by 21 in the second inning to easily win 127-104.
Men such as Patrick Williams, Ayo Dosunmo, and Dalen Terry were particularly highlighted. With Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan out, this was a time for the younger Bulls members to get some valuable in-game excitement.
Williams was the main attacking operator in Chicago. He took 17 high shots for the team and scored 22 points, adding five assists and five rebounds. We’ve seen this kind of play from Williams before in the summer league and even last season through the end of the regular season. However, this only seems to happen when many beginners aren’t running. By regularly awarding rookies, Williams wouldn’t have many touches on the ball let alone shots to reproduce the kind of baseline he had. But it shows that he can be a decent scorer at the NBA level. His defense looked solid throughout the match as well. For Williams to be successful this season, he needs to make the most of his play off the ball. Having good positions either to cut or to stand will go a long way not only in his development but also in aiding the Chicago attack as a whole. Defenses will present another option to worry about.
Nikola Vucevic did not come out tonight and played 24 minutes, scoring twice 17 points and 11 rebounds. Ayo Dosunmu got the start again this preparation and After the match, goalkeeper Billy Donovan confirmed the starting point on opening night. He scored eight points and had two rebounds but had a good jump in the back, which was encouraging.
Dalin Terry and Kobe White are boosted to the starting lineup. White has stayed on fire this season, scoring 15 points while defeating four of his eight three-point attempts. Terry scored only five points but was active all over the ground, scoring five assists and four rebounds. Once again, his energy and ability to read the game aided his transition to the NBA. No one knows how much he will play this season, but his performances in these four games have left plenty of room for excitement and optimism.
Alex Caruso was the star of the show for the Bulls because he was all over the place. He put together a baseline, which Bulls fans must be pretty familiar with by now. Caruso scored six points but scored three times, nine assists, and seven rebounds. He was a defensive threat, making life difficult for the Bucks’ backhanders.
Goran Dragic scored 13 points and four assists while continuing to improve his performance against the Nuggets. Andre Drummond led all of the Bulls’ players off the bench with 16 points and nine rebounds. Sadly, he missed his only three-point attempt of the night. Jafonte Green has continued to impress this season with 10 points and five rebounds in 17 minutes. It remains to be seen who will be the fourth-place starting player against Miami next Wednesday, but Green made a strong case for himself in the last week of games.
Derek Jones was the only other bull to cut the double-digit minutes. It had six points and one bounce but included another solid dunk. Whoever made it onto our list of games ended up getting some burn with the game clearly spiraling out of control in the fourth quarter.
Milwaukee had a 25-point lead over Jordan Nora while Marquis Bolden scored 21 points due to their short turn, there were four Bucks players who played over 30 minutes.
This was a fine final tuning for the Bulls. After the first half against the Pelicans, Chicago seemed to have woken up and looked at times like the playoff contender they had been last year. All the last three games have been great with a lot of positives to throw away. East is deep this year and the bulls will have to fight for every win. After pre-season, it looks like they won’t back down easily. All tips will end next week when the real games start.