Chicago Bulls Lets the Season Opener Slip Away in a (125-126) Loss to the Charlotte Hornets.
By Donte Chase Bridges | Oct 23rd
We have to do a better job in executing down the stretch.” – Head Coach Jim Boylen
Looks like the Bulls picked up where last season left off with a 126-125 loss against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, October 23rd. Led by PF Lauri Markkanen’s 35 points and 17 rebounds, the Bulls couldn’t put the nail in the coffin, which led to the Hornets coming back from a 7 point deficit and winning the hard-fought game by one point. Head Coach Jim Boylen had a few choice words about his Bulls’ performance.
“I’m really proud of the fact that we battled. We were kind of in mud. Offensively, we had the edge we need it early. We have to do a better job in executing down the stretch,” said Head Coach Jim Boylen.
Lauri Markkanen proves to be the Swiss Army knife for the Chicago Bulls pulling down 35 Pts and 17 Reb. The Bulls PF is a matchup nightmare; Markkanen shows the ability to step outside for three, bring the ball up the court, and become the playmaker at the top of the key – all while standing over seven feet tall. If Markkanen can keep away from the injury bug, then the Bulls have already filled one roster spot for the NBA All-Star game.
Bulls Rookie Coby White is Turning Heads
With 17 Pts, 7 Ast, 3 Reb, Chicago Bulls PG Coby White isn’t scared to compete. Although new to the NBA game, He is not afraid to take the open 3, crash the boards, and be the floor general that made him a top 10 pick coming out of North Carolina. As seen with most rookies, White is showing signs of apprehensiveness in crunch time situations. To unlock his full potential, the rookie PG must control the Tempo of the game and put his big men in positions to score easily.
“He’s going to shoot the ball and space the floor. He’s going to be special,” said Zach LaVine on rookie PG Coby White.
Room for improvement
Defense defense defense…is where the Bulls fell short. The Chicago Bulls gave up 126 points to a team (Charlotte Hornets) that is ranked in the bottom half of the NBA in points per game. Chicago’s transition defense has to be improved before they face perennial playoff teams. No one person can be blamed, but there has to be serious work done about 5 men getting back on defense to protect the basket.
“Improve defensively every day, can’t check that off the list. Close out and contest, can’t check that off the list either. Transition defense, it was horrible!” – Bulls analyst Will Perdue.
The Chicago Bulls are in the middle of a major rebuild. Rookie PG Coby White is showing promise as he shows the ability to be a knockdown three-point shooter. However, the Bulls haven’t found their offensive identity. With prominent scorers, such as Markkanen, LaVine, and Porter Jr, it’s up to head coach Boylen to assemble the right starting roster for the right matchups. Hopefully, the Bulls can avenge their season-opening lost as they are set to face rookie phenom Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, 7:00 PM.
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