Particularly when that team spent the exhibition schedule taxing its rotation players than many — A 4-4 preseason would raise questions about a group’s fitness for title contention.
However, the Chicago Bulls got exactly what they wanted out of the month of October: Derrick Rose looked like himself. Sam Smith of Bulls.com said Rose”generally bordered involving magnificent and magnificent in his preseason progression,” and the former MVP closed things out with a flourish. He scored 57 points in 56 minutes. Over the preseason, he connected on 43 percent of the triples.
And don’t worry: He looked reckless and as quickly as he did.
In fact, it’s probably fair to be worried about the recklessness.
At any speed, Chicago fought to adapt in the spinning, which largely explains its record. Tom Thibodeau is currently experimenting with Gasol’s role alongside Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah. Additionally, some defense was to be expected with Doug McDermott and rookies Nikola Mirotic simply getting familiar with Thibs’ system.
Jimmy Butler’s thumb injury marred an otherwise healthy preseason, but if the most important setback merely leaves a role player”day to day,” according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls will take it.
With Rose healthy, the Bulls are very, very scary.
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