CSN's Chuck Garfien and Insider Vincent Goodwill discuss the Bulls' upcoming matchups in the latest Road Ahead, sponsored by Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Honda Dealers.
The Bulls took care of another inferior opponent on Monday night, knocking off the Kings to push their winning streak to three games. And while the Bulls are doing what they're supposed to do - all three wins have come against sub-.500 teams - Derrick Rose's continued impressive play has come as a pleasant surprise.
Rose hit two jumpers that sparked a 10-0 run to lead the Bulls to the come-from-behind victory, allowing the Bulls to keep pace with the Pacers, Pistons and Wizards in the race for the final two playoff spots in the East. Rose finished with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists, and was a +19 in his 33 minutes.
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After missing two games with a groin injury, Rose has averaged 17.0 points on 51 percent shooting and 4.3 assists per game in his last four. The Bulls are 3-1 in that span and are percentage points ahead of the Pistons for the No. 8 seed in the East.
"He's been very impressive since the All-Star break," Goodwill said. "He's hitting the outside jumper, he's taking threes that he should take in the rhythm and the flow. And (Monday), you're down five and he basically takes it over to spark and lift this team from a situation we've seen them lose too many times this year."
Rose and the Bulls will get another chance to keep this impressive stretch of play going Wednesday and Thursday in a home-and-home matchup against the New York Knicks.
On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, the Bulls Outsiders team of Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine join Kevin Anderson to talk about the series premier of ‘Bulls Outsiders’ Thursday night. Hear about how the show came together and what they are hoping to bring to the Bulls fanbase this season. They’ll also share their bold predictions for the season including two potential end-of-season award winners from this roster.
0:15- Introduction to the Bulls Outsiders
3:15- The process of casting the show
9:45- John Sabine's Improv background and comedy's connection to basketball
11:20- What the Outsiders hope to accomplish with the show
13:00- What's great about Bulls fans
14:20- Who is their favorite Bull of all time, outside of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen
26:20- Bold on the court predcitions for the season
Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:
We all know what Zach LaVine is capable of doing on the offensive side of things. But what about his defense?
It's no secret that LaVine has had his fair share of struggles on defense, but Kris Dunn thinks highly of his 23-year-old teammate and what his potential is at the other end.
"On the defensive end I just told him, 'You're as fast as me. You're more athletic than me. There's no way you shouldn't be a good defender in this league. You could be one of those guys who could be dynamic in the passing lanes because you're so athletic and fast.'" Dunn said of LaVine. "And personally, I like to score. If you get in a passing lane, that's a dunk for yourself and because you've got so much bounce that's when you get the crowd on their feet — maybe do a windmill, a 360, something.
"But I think he's been going a good job on the defensive end. It's not going to be easy. We all got to learn and I think we're all trying."
Improving his defense would obviously be a big step forward for LaVine (and the Bulls), and he knows it.
“I think I had a lot better focus on the defensive end,” LaVine said when assessing his preseason. “I had some mistakes too, but I wanted to go out there and just really hone in on being more focused down there. I felt like I did OK with that. Still some areas I want to get better at, definitely off-the-ball I think I did a lot better than I had before.’’
LaVine and the Bulls travel to Philadelphia to face the 76ers on Thursday night in their season opener. You can watch Bulls Pre- and Postgame Live on NBC Sports Chicago before and after the game for highlights and analysis.