The Chicago Bulls have shocked the world in so many ways; even their fans are blown away with just how good they have been this season. The Bulls are currently second place in the East; in the past, people would call the east the ‘Least,’ but now, the East is highly competitive with stacked teams such as the Bucks, Heats, Sixers, Nets, and more. We all know the Bulls have struggled against these top teams. Can they make the proper adjustments to turn around the stigma?
Bulls fans went from minimal expectations to championship aspirations; we haven’t seen such a turnaround for the Bulls in a long time. The Bulls have been fantastic on the offensive end, with one of the best duos in the league in DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine, but the Bulls still have not won the big games against the big-name teams.
The stats do not look pleasant when you see the Bulls record against .600 teams, but there is more to it than just the stats. The Bulls have been impacted in a colossal way dealing with injuries, COVID, and so on. The Bulls haven’t had their potential future star Patrick Williams, all while most of the losses to the big-name teams, the Bulls were without Williams, Caruso, Ball, and even LaVine, Green, Jones, and more players out time to time. It is evident that the Bulls are not the same without Caruso and Ball; those two have been massive additions to the team on the defensive end, especially Caruso, one of the best defenders in the league, and some say he has one of the most intelligent players on the court.
Until late March, when Williams, Caruso, and hopefully Ball are back in the lineup, I do not see the Bulls consistently winning games against the big names. The Bulls do not have the defensive power to deal with guys like Giannis, Embiid, Durant, and more; they need Caruso's leadership and star stopper, the on-ball defender, and high IQ Lonzo Ball, and the unlimited potential on the defensive end like Patrick Williams. If the Bulls can pull off some big wins against top teams, especially with the second most arduous schedule remaining, that would shut down the naysayers that doubt the Bulls, and let’s hope this happens.