The Bulls went against the Bucks, and it was simply awesome to watch basketball again. Sadly, I had to watch part of the game on the stream which killed my analysis a little bit. Still, with some early looks at the offensive scheme and defensive scheme I had the following thoughts. The offense as a whole
Despite a lack of scoring, I was still intrigued by the offense. The team missed quite a few open shots, struggled with free throws, and had other problems. However, the offense seemed to emphasis motion over the pick and roll. While the Bulls ran pick and rolls here and there, it wasn't the base play from which everything starts like it was under VDN.
They used a lot of side to side passing, frequently without going through the high post to switch sides of the court quicker. Despite having more risky passes in the offense, the Bulls did a nice job controlling turnovers with only 15 on the night.
The Bulls forced a lot of turnovers on the night as Milwaukee coughed up the ball 24 times. However, at times they couldn't control the glass, and especially early on, the Bucks were able to get many second chance opportunities. The Bucks also found lots of shots in the paint, and they missed a lot of open jumpers that they could have knocked down.
The overall performance defensively was so-so to me. I expect a better effort on the glass, and they need to improve on shutting down the paint as well. Still they didn't lose the game on the defensive side of the court as much as the offensive side.
Kyle Korver looked really good coming off of back screens. He hit his
first three shots and showing off his shooting touch and quick
release. Korver had an excellent game overall, easily the best on the
team, looking like a much more complete player than you'd think he
The Bulls as a team didn't shoot particularly well or frequently from
the three point line going 3/12 on the night. Luol Deng did knock down
1 of 3, hitting his first three a kick out from the wing. On the
night, Deng and Rose both played well as a whole. Joakim Noah started
off fairly poorly, but looked much better later on.
C.J. Watson really struggled on the night, mostly looking like a train
wreck. He turned the ball over, took ill advised shots, and shot poorly
on the night. Taj Gibson struggled to find the range on his mid range
jumper and also had a poor showing overall.
Omer Asik looked pretty mediocre in the minutes I saw him play, but he didn't really do a whole lot one way or the other, so no real in depth thoughts yet. For those hoping for James Johnson to have a breakout preseason, it didn't happen this game. He struggled with decision making with the ball and finishing some plays you think he should be able to make.
All in all, I, of course, hoped for a win. However, it was great just to watch some basketball again, and ultimately the starters played fairly well, and the Bulls have another game in two days.