Sun. Nov 27th, 2022

10 observations: Raps smother Bulls with lively protection initially appeared on NBC Sports activities Chicago

Every new day within the NBA affords alternative.

And the Chicago Bulls, after falling 113-104 to the Raptors in Toronto on Sunday, should use that chance to emphasise ball safety and rebounding after they host the identical crew once more in Chicago on Monday.

Listed here are 10 observations from the entrance leg of an unconventional back-to-back:

1. Each side had been shorthanded for this one. The Bulls performed with out Zach LaVine (left knee harm administration), Andre Drummond (left shoulder sprain) and Coby White (left quad contusion), whereas the Raptors misplaced Pascal Siakam — for not less than two weeks — to a proper groin pressure on Friday. Drummond missed his fifth consecutive sport and, per head coach Billy Donovan, is probably going out Monday as nicely.

2. Nick Nurse-coached groups don’t fiddle in terms of utilizing their size and athleticism to defend actively. In opposition to a Bulls crew taking part in with out LaVine, that meant trapping DeMar DeRozan on nearly each contact and stalking driving and passing lanes with physicality.

Within the first half, that technique translated to 9 Bulls turnovers (six of which got here through Raptors steals) and 9 Toronto factors off of them. Within the second quarter, particularly, the hosts scored eight factors off of six Bulls turnovers en path to outscoring them 34-19 and carrying a 55-49 lead into the halftime locker room, which marked a 17-point swing from the Bulls’ 11-point lead three minutes into the second.

3. Toronto pulled forward by as many as 10 factors within the third quarter. However true to their early-season type, the Bulls had a comeback within the playing cards. From the ultimate two minutes of the third to the opening two minutes of the fourth, they went on an impressed 18-3 run to flip an 80-71 deficit into an 89-83 lead. The driving forces had been lively protection, well timed 3-point taking pictures and improved ball motion from a primary half by which the Raptors’ swarming schemes usually left them flat-footed.

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A back-and-forth stretch run ensued, however the Raptors finally pulled away.

4. Fred VanVleet was the star of the night time for the hosts, notching 30 factors and 11 assists, with 9 of these factors, three of these assists and two 3-pointers coming within the fourth quarter. His late-game heroics included an acrobatic and-one floater to place Toronto forward 103-99 with slightly below 4 minutes to play, and a leaning dime out of a double-team to a Scottie Barnes dunk that made the rating 109-102 with 1:39 left.

5. The Raptors’ aforementioned exercise, although, additionally had a large function to play in a frenetic crunch time. Within the fourth quarter, Toronto scored six factors off 4 Bulls turnovers, and 11 second likelihood factors off a whopping 11 offensive rebounds.

Zoomed out to the sport, at massive, these numbers had been much more dizzying. The Raptors scored 17 factors off of 23 Bulls turnovers (grabbing 11 steals) and 27 second likelihood factors off 23 offensive rebounds for the competition. That led to them dominating the possession battle and taking 15 extra subject aim makes an attempt than the Bulls (103 towards 88), which helped compensate for trailing the Bulls in each subject aim (42.7) and 3-point (27) proportion.

6. We talked about the Raptors despatched a number of our bodies at DeRozan at each alternative. We must also point out they executed that scheme in terrific vogue. DeRozan scored 20 factors on 77.7 p.c taking pictures within the sport, however uncharacteristically dedicated 5 turnovers and bought up solely 9 pictures, tying his Bulls-tenure low for subject aim makes an attempt in a sport. He additionally solely visited the free throw line six instances after drawing 22 makes an attempt in Friday’s loss to the Celtics (and averaging 9.1 for the season).

And because the turnover whole suggests, the Bulls had been merely not constant sufficient making fast passing reads out of DeRozan double-teams.

7. Following an unceremonious stint with the Raptors after being included in final summer season’s Kyle Lowry sign-and-trade with the Warmth, Goran Dragić just isn’t a beloved determine in Toronto. He was booed on each contact all through the sport, with the 19,800 followers in attendance noticeably delighting in him lacking a warmup jumper in between performs, and being blocked on a floater try, on the finish of the primary quarter.

Nonetheless, Dragić quickly settled in and silenced the gang on a number of events whereas racking up 16 factors (4-for-6 from 3-point vary) in 21 minutes off the bench. One other productive outing because the Bulls received the bench factors battle 34-19.

8. Patrick Williams continues to play aggressively, even when his 13 factors (to go together with seven rebounds and two blocks) on this one got here on 5-for-16 taking pictures. The third-year ahead missed seven of his eight subject aim makes an attempt within the first quarter and was blocked 4 instances within the interval by Raptors rookie Christian Koloko, who swatted six pictures for the sport in a powerful exhibiting. Though Williams made three of his 5 3-point makes an attempt and had a pair of authoritative dunks within the fourth, his ending should enhance; he shot 2-for-10 within the restricted space on Sunday.

9. Alex Caruso was one of many few Bulls who persistently made decisive passing reads to beat the Raptors’ rotation, slinging 11 assists, and he caught his nostril within the fray to drag down 11 rebounds whereas beginning for LaVine. However his taking pictures continues to be a difficulty. After going 1-for-11 from the sphere and 0-for-6 from 3-point vary, together with some back-breaking open appears to be like, he’s now taking pictures 32.7 p.c from the sphere and 9-for-30 from past the arc this season.

10. With LaVine and White out, rookie wing Dalen Terry acquired his earliest rotation flip of the season, starting on the 5 minute mark of the primary quarter for Williams. He didn’t waste time inserting his already-trademark model of vitality into the sport:

Later within the first, he pushed the ball up court docket and hockey-assisted a Javonte Inexperienced 3-pointer after stone-walling Barnes on a drive. And between the tip of the third and early fourth quarter, he keyed the Bulls’ comeback bid by snaring a free ball from Boucher, burying an off-the-dribble jumper on the finish of the shot clock and usually taking part in actively on protection and quick in transition. In all, a productive night time in his first actual NBA minutes.

Subsequent up: Again dwelling for the Raptors once more on Monday.

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