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Bulls are starting to be defensive and this includes the ‘big three’

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DeMar DeRozan can never be mistaken for a defensive stopper.

Even in my youth, there were very few examples of a coach saying to a small forward, “Go ahead, lock it down.”

But DeRozan is crafty.

Milwaukee pulled two big offensive fouls against Bobby Portis and Giannis Antetokounmpo on Wednesday and made sure the Bucks knew he wasn’t playing on the edge of the floor. Discovered…Brooke Lopez’s block…all his 7ft 1’s.

So while the Bulls veteran’s 18 points in the 3rd quarter was just another masterpiece to add to his collection, the dirty work DeRozan has done on the defensive end is something this team either pretends to spring or does. It makes the difference between being a competitor.

“We had our down moments,” DeRozan told reporters after the win. “Dropping games that felt like they should have been won… close. Squealing your butt at home. We’ve gone through so many emotions even though we only had 20 games in one season. Sometimes, it’s beneficial.” You have to soak in that wound and create it to be a competitor.

They’re also grappling with the challenges that coach Billy Donovan has relentlessly dropped at the feet of three veteran coaches.

Following last week’s embarrassing home loss to Orlando, they called on DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic and Zach LaVine to not only improve their defense but challenge them to start and finish games with energy and urgency It was Donovan.

I heard a message.

So far, at least, the Bulls have back-to-back wins against the Eastern Conference elite in Boston and Milwaukee.

“We’ve been blaming each other for losing games we lost,” DeRozan said. “Everybody’s been raising their voices in film sessions and practices. We’ve been to each other. It’s a testament to the players who want to compete.”

And it showed in the defensive end, where the Bulls suddenly made life harder for the opposing team.

The Bulls flipped the Celtics over 15 times, flipped the defensive Heat another 19 times against Milwaukee, and recorded 12 blocks. They even made life difficult for their division rivals with his three-point line and continued to hold Milwaukee down the night where he went 12-for-38 (31.6%).

Guard Coby White said, “This is proof that we can beat anyone in the league and play with anyone. It’s up to us to be ready to play.”

it will be tried.

What hit the Bulls hardest last season was handling all the teams they were supposed to win, but against an elite roster, they not only lost, they put their heads down. I lost badly. This season, they’re suddenly hitting the better teams hard. He has already beaten Miami, Boston twice, and now the Bucks.

The stop in Milwaukee was the first of a six-game road trip that sees the Bulls travel to Oklahoma City, Utah, Phoenix, Golden State and Sacramento.

Let’s hope the defense we’ve shown in the last two games is also successful.

“You have to have the same mindset every game,” Lavigne said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to stack up these wins.”


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Written by Natalia Chi

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