3 Takeaways from the Chicago Bulls win over the Warriors

Nikola Vucevic, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Nikola Vucevic, Chicago Bulls
Nikola Vucevic, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

2. Nikola Vucevic

Nikola Vucevic had his best game as a Bull on Sunday, tying a career-high with 43 points. He was also extremely efficient and more aggressive on the offensive end, attempting 31 shots compared to a season average of 13.4. He also shot 58% from the field, which is an improvement on his season average. Vooch was on fire from all spots of the floor tonight, going 5-10 from long range:

Vooch was excellent from three-point range yesterday, but more importantly, he was able to get inside and use his size to break down the Warriors’ defense:

The Warriors do not have a center that has the ability to defend a player of Vucevic’s size, and Vooch was able to use that to his advantage to shoot 13-21 inside the arc. This was a style of play that he needs to continue, as it has been a winning formula that the Bulls have been able to take advantage of when Vucevic bullies defenders in the paint. This is especially true considering his inconsistency shooting from three this year.

The Chicago Bulls have won games when Vooch is hot offensively. When he scores 25 points or more, the Bulls are 3-0 this season and have been 16-6 since Vucevic came to Chicago in 2021. When DeMar comes back from injury, Vooch will need to continue this play as he is a key player for this team’s success as the third scoring option.