Bulls 50,Pacers 42
CHICAGO — The Bulls return home to the United Center and so far they seem like the Bulls of old. The defense is stout and the Pacers are falling to their knees with their Bulls domination.
But there is something new happening: offense.
New shooting guard Richard Hamilton is making his Bulls debut and he’s immediately showing why Chicago wanted him so bad. Hamilton is right away showing teams if they double team Rose, the points will just come from him.
The offense is mainly coming from Luol Deng who heads to the half with 12 points. But the second man in the stat sheet is Carlos Boozer who is really showing up in a way fans expect him to. The fact he deserves a pat on the back for doing his job says enough in itself but nevertheless it’s great to see Boozer producing especially with Rose taking a backseat.
That’s right, one of the best things about this game is the Bulls offense is electric and Derrick Rose is watching it all happen. Not form the bench either, Rose is on the court but the rest of the team is carrying itself. This should really excite Bulls fans because the thought of what will happen when Rose is on fire in combination with this team being able to operate in offense independently from him is things dreams are made of.
In terms of defense, the Bulls are showing up like they did in the first preseason game and all of last season: definitely.
The Pacers are shooting under 35 percent again in preseason game two which leads us to believe either the Pacers offense is going to be terrible or the Bulls defense is just as good if not better then it was last year.
Chances are the defense is the thing in this game and this whole business as usual mantra is a great thing to know the Bulls have especially with an intense season ahead.
Things are so good, fans were treated to a Brian Scalabrine sighting.
It’s feeling like a great season is ahead for the Bulls with all these pieces fitting together nicely. It’s just been six quarters of Bulls basketball played, but Chicago is looking like they would have had the season actual started on time. They’re in December form and with teams most likely going to be coming out sluggish, things are looking like they’ll be all Chicago this year.