Note-A-BULLs: Bulls continue strong start with impressive win over Pacers

Every team that falls on the wrong side of the playoff bubble can circle some part of their schedule and ponder to themselves what would have been if they’d gotten the job done. The Bulls are determined not to let that circle come from growing pains at the beginning of the season, and they showed it with an affirming victory over the Pacers on Saturday. Just days into the season, Coach Hoiberg has utilized his squad to do what is often easier said than done: outplay the other team. At 2-0, the Bulls looked like a team that wanted to start the season off well and not look back.

  • As expected, the Bulls started out with Rondo, Wade. Butler, Gibson and Lopez. The offense was a well-balanced, fine-tuned machine throughout the game. The Bulls were able to stay on the offensive by capitalizing on fast-break opportunities, while staying prepared and disciplined during transition.
  • In the 2nd quarter, the offense broke out. Accompanied by a respective defensive effort, the Bulls scored a fantastic 38 points, a quarter in which the Pacers have struggled thus far. Rondo racked up 6 of his 13 dimes on the night, while McDermott scored 7 points in as many minutes. The Bulls shot the ball 18 times, and managed to sink all but four.
  • Going into half with a 21 point-lead, the offense continued to attack, especially in transition, while putting up 30 more points in the 3rd With a healthy lead, Hoiberg let his bench finish off the job, lead my McDermott who finished off a 23-point performance with double digits in the final quarter. #11 was lights out behind the arc, finishing off 5-6, while Isaiah Canaan made the most of his time going 3-5 behind the arc.
  • Get used to it: Taj Gibson out-rebounded fellow big-man Robin Lopez, but Gibson was the only starter who didn’t snag an offensive board. Christiano Felicio looked like someone who could stick around in this team’s rotation. His 8 rebounds were impressive, while 3 of them came on the offensive glass. Butler and Wade did their parts as well by snagging 5 boards a piece. Don’t be surprised to see that trend continue.
  • Perhaps the most assuring stat of the offense’s balanced attack tonight was that nine players clocked at least 19 minutes tonight.
  • Six of the nine players who clocked 19+ mins. scored in double digits, and two of the three who did not (Rondo and Felicio) were impressive in their own right.
  • As will be the case throughout the season, Michael Carter-Williams had mixed results. His 5 assists were shadowed with 4 turnovers, while the scoring production wasn’t there. Rondo also had 4 turnovers, however, those would be the only 4 TO’s amongst the Bulls’ starters.
  • The most telling stat of the night? Every Bulls starter had a positive +/- rating while every Pacers starter had a negative rating. Not surprisingly, the Bulls had the edge in just about every team stat.
  • After shooting in the low 70% region from the line vs. Boston, the Bulls sunk 19 of their 21 shots from the line. While the starters were 100% from the line, none of them were able to cash in once from downtown.
  • As for the Pacers, there were plenty of areas that will need addressing. Teague and Ellis were a combined 1-13 from the field, contributing just two points between themselves. George and Turner each shot 66.67% from the field, while Thaddeus Young registered an adequate 10 points and 5 rebounds in 27 minutes of action. If Teague and Ellis can mold to their ideal roles, the Pacers too could have a well-balanced offense to be wary of.
  • Next up: The Bulls will take on the Nets (1-2) in a Halloween game at the Barclays Center.

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