Chicago Rising!

Words no one thought any NBA fan would say this season…the Chicago Bulls are on the Rise!

The Bulls have now won 8 of their last 10 games. After starting the season 3-20 they now find themselves holding an 11-22 record. It’s incredible really, considering they were a legitimate walk over at the beginning of the season.

This week’s Team of the Week is the Chicago Bulls.

Player of the Week: Nikola Mirotic

Nikola Mirotic is a huge reason why this Bulls team has gone a full 180 this season. He missed the opening slump through an altercation with Bobby Portis in the preseason, but has come back and given life to a team who were on life support.

They’ve had to face Eastern Conference heavy weights Cleveland, Boston and Milwaukee during a very tough road stretch. You’d think they’d have gone 0-3. They were unlucky not to go 2-1 (losing to the Cavs by 3), but left with a respectable 1-2 record.

Mirotic averaged 16 PPG and 7.3 RPG on the road swing, and was huge off the bench in their upset win over the Bucks, posting a handy 24 points and 8 rebounds in 28 minutes!

Before dropping both games to the Celtics and the Cavs, the Bulls were 7-0 with Mirotic in the line-up this season.

Mirotic and Portis (the Bash Brothers) have provided a big punch off the bench, pardon the pun.

Game of the Week: Chicago @ Cleveland (112-115)

No matter who is in the line-up for this Chicago team, they always seem to give a LeBron James led team problems. This game was no different.

The Bulls were in this game to the death, with Denzel Valentine’s fadeaway three falling short (right on line), and the Cavs got away with one at home.

Impressive rookie, Lauri Markannen led the way for the Bulls with 25 points on 11-17 from the field.

Kris Dunn has seemed to find his groove in this team, playing now with a lot more freedom, knowing that the starting PG spot is his. He had a very handy double double in this one (10 points 14 assists).

The Cavs needed a monster game from LeBron to get them over the hump, with the King providing 34 points and 9 assists, along with Kevin Love chipping in with 27 points.

Rounding out 2017 the Bulls head back home to face the Knicks and the Pacers, before heading on the road to face Washington on New Year’s Eve.

The 2 game home stand will be big for Chicago, they’ll want to take care of business at home to show their fans they mean business going into the New Year.

There now seems to be a lot more promise about this Bulls team than what there was at the beginning of the season. They are an extremely young squad, and with the likes of Zach LaVine to come back, the future seems bright in Chicago!

 Hope everyone had themselves a great Xmas period and look forward to talking more trash in the New Year!!

 

Dave Bauk


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