Veteran DeMar DeRozan hits milestone in Bulls’ 111-100 win over Hawks


Playing 1,000 regular season games in the NBA can give you some knowledge.

Lesson #1 from DeMar DeRozan: Stay away from front office work.

He made the announcement Monday after reaching the 1,000-game milestone by helping the Bulls beat the Hawks 111-100 at the United Center.

“It’s a lot of [bleepin’] It’s a game,” DeRozan joked.

But he was very serious about making the front office figure out what he wanted to do with a team that won 11 of its last 17 games and went 22-24.

With the February 9th trade deadline approaching and the team already on the move, there may be a lot to figure out.

DeRozan was asked if he would talk to Arturas Carnisovas, executive vice president of basketball operations, about what direction the front office might go.

“I never did that,” DeRozan said. “Never in my career have I done that. I just control what I can control. It’s about me going out and competing and trying to win games. And I I will make the most of my abilities.”

On a night of few efficient possessions, DeRozan led the Bulls by 26 points and went 11-21 from the field.

Victory was not easy. The 2022-23 Bulls rarely win comfortably.

Whenever the Bulls seemed to bury the Hawks (24-24) in the 4th quarter, Atlanta bounced back. Spurt wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit, but he kept the threat alive.

An alley-oop dunk by John Collins with 6:37 left cut the Hawks’ deficit to three, but Zach LaVine answered quickly, hitting a three-pointer and making two free throws. DeRozan made a 3 to extend the lead to 11, but the Hawks refused to quit.

Collins’ 3-pointer and Trae Young’s layup set the game up again.

until it isn’t.

The Bulls finally nailed the coffin in the final minutes. Lavigne’s jumper Patrick his Williams three-point shot served as the dagger to his three-game winning streak for the Bulls. Williams had his first double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

“I think we’re getting [in a groove] As a team,” Williams said. “This time of the season is a time to get into the groove and really solidify the identity we’ve been building over the first part of the season.”

Regarding the direction of the team and the trade rumors that are expected to heat up, coach Billy Donovan has a quick suggestion for players interested in where he stands.

“We have an open door policy if players see or hear about themselves,” Donovan said. [Karnisovas]Often, the closer we get to the February 9th date, the more things are thrown out, the more things happen, the more games we have to play and the best we can do. There are players who are not distracted by what may or may not happen.

“I think every team is affected in some way. It’s all over the internet about doing, doing this, doing that, etc. One thing Arturas did well was say, “Hey, listen. What’s going on, how is the conversation going?” I will tell you exactly what it was like.” Hopefully it will put players at ease. “


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Written by Natalia Chi

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