Bulls and Bucks Meet Again, An Early NBA Trade Market, Rookie Ranks, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Bulls and Bucks Meet Again, An Early NBA Trade Market, Rookie Ranks, and Other Bulls Bullets

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I would be extremely thankful for a W. Just sayin’.

  • The Chicago Bulls shook off all the dirt and dust that built up over a four-game losing streak on Monday night. Not only did they get a much-needed win before a grueling six-game road trip, but they did it in an awe-inspiring fashion against one of the most dominant teams in the NBA. The game served as a reminder to both fans and players alike of the high level this Bulls team is capable of playing at. Now … can they keep it up?
  • Turning Monday night’s showing into a consistent product is going to be a lot easier said than done. One reason for that is the clear holes that continue to plague this roster. We can’t expect the Bulls’ to maintain a 14-29 performance from behind the arc, just like we can’t expect this defense to hold opponents to 34 points in the paint. The other reason, however, is that the schedule isn’t getting any easier. Tonight’s Thanksgiving Eve matchup will come against the very team that drop-kicked Chicago into Lake Michigan during last year’s playoffs. The Milwaukee Bucks have won 18 of their previous 20 meetings with the Chicago Bulls, and they have won the previous three matchups by an average margin of 23 points. I know … vomit-inducing.
  • With the Bucks off to a 12-4 start and sporting the best defensive unit in the NBA, it’s hard to expect any different outcome at the Fiserv Forum tonight. But we also didn’t expect the Bulls to currently hold a 2-1 record over the Celtics. So, yeah, I guess let’s give them a shot.
  • If the Bulls want to keep things competitive, they’ll have to score efficiently. In large part thanks to a DPOY in Giannis Antetokounmpo and a still-spry Brook Lopez, Milwaukee has held opponents to the 3rd-fewest points in the paint per game and just 44.5 percent shooting from the field. Keeping the ball moving around the horn and nailing open 3-point shots is going to be pivotal. If the team can manage to do that, they very well could put themselves in a position to steal the game. As great as their defense has been, Milwaukee has just the 22nd-ranked offense in the league and sits bottom-five in assist-to-turnover ratio. Their offense has been rather one-dimensional with Khris Middleton off the floor, so much so that they actually hold the NBA’s worst offensive rating in the 4th quarter. That’s something to consider if the Bulls keep this one close.
  • As we learned last week, NBA teams have wasted no time picking up the phone. The trade rumors continue to heat up, with all eyes seemingly on the Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz. The team out East is reportedly trying to get rid of John Collins and avoid the luxury tax, and the team out West is deciding whether they should prioritize winning basketball games. Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports shared some more league intel in the article below. Meanwhile, you can read some more of our thoughts on the trade market here.
  • Here’s a point I briefly want to make regarding the trade market: Continuity should never stop a team from surveying the scene. No team is perfect – especially the Bulls – and the idea must always be to look for improvements. So, if it’s continuity Karnisovas wants, fine. But this can’t apply to *literally* the entire roster. Pick the core you want to see through and then enhance the assets around them.
  • The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie put out his latest rookie rankings, and it made me kind of wish Dalen Terry was a part of this Bulls rotation. Don’t get me wrong, I understand why he’s on the outside looking in, but I do sincerely believe he would be in the top 15 if he was clocking even 10-15mins a night. He’s looked ready to contribute on the defensive end in his short stints, and his ability to get out and run in transition could fit this second unit perfectly. I’m very curious to see if he can find his way on the floor more in the coming months.
  • Patrick Williams hasn’t been the most beloved Bull, but he continues to show signs of being the player the team needs him to be.
  • Ayo Dosunmu is really stinkin’ good.
  • Pat Bev being an antagonizer? Shocker.
  • I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Give me a great Justin Fields and a bunch of losses.
  • *prepares to cry*

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.