Bulls take first two games of season, show early signs of success

Michael Hebb, Sports Editor

The Chicago Bulls have gotten off to a terrific start this season, winning both of their first two games. With the help of Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Nikola Mirotic, Pau Gasol, and new head coach Fred Hoiberg, the Bulls’ new-look offense has turned some heads.

The Bulls faced off against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first NBA game of the season Tuesday night. Rose, Butler, and Mirotic combined for 54 points that night, each looking sharp on the court.

The Bulls had a safe lead for much of the game until Kevin Love exposed the Bulls’ defense with two 3-pointers, helping the Cavs close the gap to two points.

With 10 seconds left, LeBron James drove hard to the basket, only to be denied by Pau Gasol with 3.6 seconds left. On the inbounds play, Butler deflected the ball to the other side of the court, securing a 97-95 Bulls win.

The Bulls carried that momentum to their next game at the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night. They beat the Nets by a dominating 115-100 margin, boosting the confidence of many players and fans.

Only two games into the season, Fred Hoiberg’s offensive approach seems to be working for the team. The “new” approach is to spread the players out more, giving more room to the players to drive and cut. Many NBA analysts consider this style of play “Western”, as many of the Western Conference NBA teams have similar offenses.

The Bulls travel to Detroit Friday to face the Pistons, so it will be another opportunity for the team to prove themselves. Detroit is much improved this year with many returning young players such as Andre Drummond, so a win is not guaranteed to the Bulls in this Friday night match-up.

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