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Bulls Road Ahead: Game every other day an opportunity to regroup

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Bulls Road Ahead: Game every other day an opportunity to regroup

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.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

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.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Kris Dunn thinks Zach LaVine could be 'a good defender in this league'

Kris Dunn thinks Zach LaVine could be 'a good defender in this league'

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.