Opening the Week in Utah
The Chicago Bulls closed their week with a victory in Utah. Former Chicago Bull Lauri Markkanen pushed hard for a revenge victory, finishing with 32 points and 9 rebounds, but the Chicago Bulls held on for the victory. The Bulls looked impressive to start the road trip with the big victory in Milwaukee, but fell to the Thunder in overtime on Friday night. Oklahoma City played challenging defense that made it hard on star players DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine to have efficient shooting nights. LaVine and DeRozan did have 27 and 30 points respectively, but their shooting percentages were not great, at 39% from the field for Zach and 44% from the field from DeMar. Fortunately, the Bulls did bounce back with a victory on Monday night, but the poor efficiency shown by Zach LaVine has been a continuous story this season. LaVine will have to figure this out because the Chicago Bulls will need him to produce at a high rate.
Heading to the West Coast
The Chicago Bulls begin their three game west coast trip on Wednesday night in Phoenix against the Suns. The Suns were Western Conference champions just two years ago, and the team has constantly remained at the top of the conference. On Friday night, the Bulls will head to San Francisco to take on the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors have a history of lighting it up from beyond the arch against the Bulls. The Bulls defense will have to remain confident and determined to run the Warriors off the 3-point line. The Bulls will close their west coast trip on Sunday night against the Sacramento Kings. The Kings have played competitive basketball under new head coach Mike Brown. The Bulls need to be prepared for the youthful, high energy Kings team that will look to push the ball down the court in fast break scenarios. The Bulls will return to the United Center on Wednesday, December 7th to a crowd eager for consistent victories.