If you didn’t catch any of the Bulls preseason opener, don’t worry. The above video pretty much sums up all you need to know. Jarell Eddie with the 3 to put the game away off a broken play. Just like Hoiberg drew it up. (Someone please give Stacey the hot sauce).

While not pretty by any means, the Chicago Bulls found a way to beat the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night by a score of 113-109. Leading the scoring for the Bulls was Cristiano Felicio with 15 points, followed by Justin Holiday and Nikola Mirotic, each with 14. In total, the Bulls had 8 players in double figures. They shot an impressive 46% from 3 point range, chucking up 35 total threes in the process. (The Bulls averaged 22 3 pointers a game last year).

The game didn’t start off too well for the Bulls as they gave up 46 points in the first quarter. I was sitting here watching the first quarter and thought to myself, “Wow, I knew the Bulls were going to be bad, but allowing an NBA record 184 points per game is crazy, right?”. Luckily, they drank some of MJ’s secret stuff and played some defense the rest of the game. Or it was the preseason and the Pelicans stopped trying. Who knows? Regardless, they only allowed 63 points the remainder of the game as the Pelicans pulled their starters down the stretch.

Key Takeaways

Yes, it was only preseason game number 1 but coming back from 17 down to win is still a job well done and a team effort. I’m not putting too much stake into this victory but there was a couple of things that I noticed that are worth keeping an eye on.

1.) Kris Dunn is the real deal on defense.

Kris Dunn had a couple of nice defensive plays and was able to effectively hold his own against whoever he matched up against. His offense is still a major question mark, but he’ll be a key defensive player for a team that will need lots of it.

2.) Antonio Blakeney is?

Many people, Vincent Goodwill included, are wondering what Antonio Blakeney could turn into. Is he just an end of the bench guy, or he can develop into something else? This guy was a former McDonald’s High School All-American so he definitely has talent. He was also, arguably, the best offensive player the Bulls had in Summer League. He’s quick and is able to create his own shot with ease, which will be helpful with LaVine being out for a little bit longer. He’s currently on a two-way contract, which means he can split time between the Bulls and their G-League affiliate, the Windy City Bulls. I’m hoping we get to see more of him over the next couple of games.

The Bulls are back in action tomorrow night against the Dallas Mavericks at 7:30 PM CST.

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