By the time the buzzer sounded to end the 1st quarter of the Bulls game against the Portland Trailblazers on Tuesday night, the score was 35-14. The Bulls had found themselves on the good side of a route as some fans were still arriving to the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.
The Bulls 113-88 drubbing of the Blazers showed the league what they can do when the team is in perfect sync. With Rajon Rondo and Michael Carter-Williams both sitting out due to injury, they called upon Jerian Grant (part of Derrick Rose trade) to start in Rondo’s place. In 30 minutes of play, he had 18 points and 5 clutch steals. While he didn’t have the greatest stat line of the night in comparison to the likes of teammates Jimmy Butler (27 pts. 12 reb. 5 ast.) and Dwyane Wade (19 pts. 5 reb. 5 ast) his play did positive things for the team in teams of momentum for the team during the game.
The backcourt weren’t the only ones enjoying themselves on the road last night. The frontcourt tandem of Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez both contributed double-doubles and had a hand (or hands, if you’re in the mood for a joke) in 22 of the teams 66 rebounds on the night.
While the offensive explosion will undoubtedly take a front seat in detailing the Bulls conquest, their defense shouldn’t go unnoticed. The Bulls defense held the Trailblazers dynamic duo of Damian Lillard an CJ McCollum to 19 and 17 points respectfully, and for the most part kept their bigs out of the paint.
The Bulls are currently on a three game winning streak, and even though this is just another game, they are picking up momentum as they are now on the road for the next 5 games.
Hopefully the Bulls can keep trending upward as they are set to face off against the Utah Jazz on Thursday night.