The 2021-2022 Chicago Bulls might be the best team in preseason history.
Hyperbolic? Maybe...but that’s how it has felt for Bulls through two preseason contests. Maybe we’re just overly amped up about our team after the six-ish years of misery we’ve endured since the Bulls were truly competitive.
Bulls fans enthusiastically Googling "preseason blowout regular season win correlation" rn— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) October 9, 2021
So yes, Bulls fans do deserve to get excited about a dominating 121-85 win against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night, even if it is just the preseason and the Pelicans didn’t play Zion Williamson or Brandon Ingram.
Bulls fans deserve to get excited about a game where Zach LaVine scored 21 points, but had several teammates right there with him in the scoring department (Lonzo Ball had 19 points and Nikola Vucevic had 16). The Bulls had 15 of their 17 players crack the scoring column Friday night.
Bulls fans deserve to get excited about a game where Ball, who has raised his 3-point percentage each year he’s been in the league, shot 5-for-6 from deep. Bulls fans deserve to get excited about the Bulls having multiple All-Star caliber players on the same roster who, despite lots of questions about how they’d fit together, seem to be gelling through these two games.
Bulls fans deserve to be excited about plays like this.
Even thought we missed the initial setup on the broadcast, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this was a pretty good ATO drawn up by Donovan. pic.twitter.com/sHMtNB6TBV— Steph Noh (@StephNoh) October 9, 2021
The Bulls were up by 41 points at one point during this game and Bulls fans freaking have every right to be excited about that. Before this season, there never was a lot to be excited about anyway.
It’s also refreshing to see the Bulls using their defense to propel them to big starts. The Bulls had 4 steals in the first 6:30 of the game. The Pelicans finished the game shooting 33 percent from the field as a squad.
Javonte Green has been found money for the Bulls as their fifth starter. In his 18 mpg, he's averaging 10 points / 7 rebounds / 2 steals / 2.5 blocks on 73% shooting.— Steph Noh (@StephNoh) October 9, 2021
His defense has been fun to watch. Ripped the ball away on back-to-back possessions early in the game. pic.twitter.com/7QgdDsBs1m
The Bulls are now 2-0 in the preseason and will look to keep that record perfect when they face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. We are 11 days away from real Chicago Bulls basketball games and 19 days away from Joakim Noah night at the United Center.