Especially when that team spent the exhibition program taxing its turning players than most — A preseason would raise questions about a team’s fitness for title contention.
However, the Chicago Bulls got what they wanted out of the month of October. Sam Smith of stated Rose»generally bordered between magnificent and spectacular in his preseason development,» and the prior MVP closed things out with a boom. He scored 57 points in 56 minutes. Over the preseason, he connected on 43 percent of the triples.
And do not worry: He seemed as fast and reckless as he did three decades ago.
In fact, it’s probably fair to worry about the recklessness.
At any speed, Chicago struggled to adapt in the rotation, which largely explains its record that was underwhelming. Tom Thibodeau is experimenting with the role of Gasol alongside Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. Additionally, some shaky defense was expected with rookies Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott just getting acquainted with Thibs’ system.
Jimmy Butler’s thumb injury marred an otherwise healthy preseason, but when the most important setback merely renders a role player»daily,» based on K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls will take it.
With Rose wholesome, the Bulls are very, very scary.

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