CSN's Chuck Garfien and Vincent Goodwill discuss the Bulls' bench scoring mega points and what it means for the team moving forward in this week's Bulls Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Honda dealers.
It was a night of unlikely heroes. On Monday's 104-97 win over the Raptors, the Bulls bench combined for 51 points. Fifty-one. Tony Snell alone snagged 16 points in the fourth.
Over the course of the season, the Bulls need to rely on the bench to carry them for stretches. "You're not gonna have the Gasols, and the Roses, and the Butlers carry you for 82 games," Insider Vincent Goodwill said. "When bench guys do it, it's sort of a morale booster for the rest of the team, knowing that the stars can sit on the bench and the roles can be reversed a bit."
That type of shared production night after night not only helps team dynamics, but could also be the difference. "It helps you steal 3-4 wins throughout the course of the season, and in the East, you need every one of those 3-4 wins," said Goodwill. "That's the difference between a three-seed and an eight-seed, honestly."
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The upcoming Bulls schedule, including Wednesday night against the Pacers, has them playing every other night for two weeks straight. But it might actually be a good thing.
"When you're playing every other day, your body gets into a rhythm, the practices aren't hard -- the preparation gets tight," said Goodwill.
And regardless of what the record is going to be after the slate of games, if anything this is an opportunity for the team to come together and develop some continuity.
See what else Vincent and Chuck had to say in the video above in this week's Honda Road Ahead.