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Patrick Williams’ relegation to Bulls bench suspended while Javonte Green is out

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back to preseason Billy Donovan talks about the Bulls’ efforts to bring a more aggressive style of play from the 4th overall pick in 2020. Patrick Williams.

After demoting him from the starting five Javonte GreenDonovan was confident Williams’ new role would not adversely affect the development of that aggression.

His new role saw Green pick up a minor bruise in his right knee in the Bulls’ 119-111 loss to the Warriors and start Williams in the team’s 110-101 loss to the Kings and Wednesday night’s loss to the Wizards. was paused when returned to

“We will probably put [Green] Back to starting lineup [when he’s healthy] Let’s see what it looks like,” said Donovan.

Despite Williams’ looming relegation to the bench, teammates have seen him change.

demar derozan As I was walking out of the Bulls’ locker room the other day, I overheard an unfamiliar exchange — Williams was sharing jokes at his expense.

The discourse was not offensive. In fact, DeRozan was smiling while recalling the story for the media during a Wednesday afternoon shoot at the Advocate Center. The moment, in DeRozan’s eyes, was a sign of maturity for the 21-year-old power forward. Now that Williams has taken a step forward on the court, Williams isn’t holding back among his teammates, and DeRozan loves to see that.

After a slow start in October, Williams’ game improved subtly in November, averaging 7 points over the 7-game stretch. He scored points and had five rebounds per game.

But DeRozan wants to see Williams’ fireworks.

“I joked one day, if he got tech in the game, I would pay for his tech,” DeRozan said.

Williams’ first technical foul was fined $2,000. That’s the price DeRozan is willing to pay to let some emotion out of the typically reserved Williams.

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The Bulls’ big man is averaging 14.2 minutes off the bench per game, and those minutes have taken a toll in the last two games.

He played just five minutes when the Bulls lost 119-111 to the Warriors last week. Two nights later, he played six when the team lost 110-101 to the Kings.In the Bulls’ last 21 games, he has played less than 10 minutes.

Donovan attributes the change to his desire to go with a smaller, faster lineup and the struggles he saw from his second unit.

“That group didn’t do well in Sacramento,” Donovan said. “I mean, when you’re done with the half, you say, ‘Let’s do something different.’ I have a lot of faith in Andre. And they want to be on the floor, but they can’t always play with everyone.”

“What we are fighting for is a certain level of consistency with both 1st and 2nd units.”


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