The Chicago Bulls are coming off of a disheartening loss to Golden State Warriors. They didn't play Bulls caliber defense, they didn't put forth enough effort, and they didn't come up with the win. Perhaps they thought they could coast into this season and roll up a #1 seed again because of all the work they did last year.
Now they know they're wrong.
This team can't afford to get outworked by their opponents, particularly when depth is one of their greatest strengths. They need to get back to imposing their will defensively and having Derrick Rose dominate opponents on offense.
The Bulls front court has also been disappointing so far this season with Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah continuing their trend of not playing well together. Chicago will need to find a way to work that out going forward in order to back on top of the
Things to watch for
Does Derrick press?
Derrick Rose has come out and said he intends to come out assertively. We all expect Rose to attempt to impose his will on the Kings, and future opponents, but he needs to be careful not to press too much and attempt to overcompensate for his lack of assertiveness the past two games.
I'm not worried about Rose, and the Kings don't really have the defenders to check him. Unfortunately, the same could have been said about the Warriors and Rose still struggled to find his way into the paint and score.
I expect a monster game from Derrick and look for him to find just the right level of aggressiveness to dominate the game without pressing too hard.
Can the Bulls get some front court domination please?
How are Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah not dominating a team like Golden State which has a horrible front court? Both guys played their way out of the fourth quarter due to poor play against a fairly pathetic front court.
If Carlos can't score on David Lee, who can he score on? Joakim Noah hasn't hit his stride yet and his typical energy game isn't generating the offensive rebounds and second chance points.
They get another night where they should crush the competition, but we need to see it. If the Bulls don't get more out of these guys, they'll be in big trouble going forward.
Bring back the D.
The Chicago Bulls consistently let the Warriors get out in front of them on the break and generate easy baskets. There were inexcusable lapses in terms of effort and energy. Chicago simply needs to get back to their identity in order to win the game.
This is a great defensive team, but they need to up the effort level from what they displayed against Golden State.
Slaughter. I don't see the Bulls dropping a game to the Kings after stewing for two days over the loss to the Warriors. I expect a 10+ win game which is never in doubt.