Especially when that group spent the exhibition schedule taxing its turning players more heavily than most — A preseason would raise questions about the fitness of a team for title contention.
However, the Chicago Bulls got what they wanted out of the month of October: Derrick Rose looked like himself. Sam Smith of Bulls.com stated Rose”generally bordered between fabulous and spectacular in his preseason progression,” and the former MVP closed things out with a flourish. In the final two tuneups of Rose, he scored 57 points. Over the whole preseason, he connected on 43 percent of the triples.
And do not worry: He seemed reckless and fast as he did.
It’s probably reasonable to worry about the recklessness.
At any speed, Chicago fought to adapt to new bits in the spinning, which largely explains its record that was underwhelming. Tom Thibodeau is still currently 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 leaves a role player”day to day,” according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls will take it.
With Rose healthy, the Bulls are very, very frightening.
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