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Bulls Win Ugly Opener Over Pistons

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The Chicago Bulls opened up their season tonight against the Detroit Pistons on the road. The Bulls eventually pulled through in an ugly slosh fest 94-88 to start the season with a win. There were a lot of positives and negatives but at the end of the day the Bulls pulled through and a win is a win as they say, especially in the NBA. Here’s what you can take from the Bulls’ first roadkill.

Ayo shines

Even I didn’t expect this. In my bench preview, I gave a lot of praise for 2nd round pick Ayo Donsunmu in the preseason. I thought he could definitely get minutes later in the season but even I didn’t expect this. Billy Donovan threw him in early and he made some huge plays to help Chicago get the win. The rookie had seven points and two rebounds in 11 minutes and was one of the most impressive guys to me. I think he could be the point guard in that 2nd unit going forward and a lineup with him, Coby White, and Alex Caruso could give other benches fits. Ayo is also a dark-horse all-rookie team guy for me as well after that performance.

LaVine,Casruso stars of the night

Zach LaVine had 34 points on 17 shots tonight and I don’t think anyone is surprised. The guy is an offensive juggernaut and proved it tonight once again. He can go score at any time he wants, even if he gets fouled he hit 11 free throws tonight. With a team around him, he is an All-NBA, superstar caliber guy and he’s going to prove this all season. My other star is Alex Caruso. Although he didn’t pack the stat sheet he did the junkyard dog things that the Bulls paid him to do as I said. Personally, I love the guy. Caruso was all over the floor in the gaps diving for loose balls and was one of the biggest reasons Chicago pulled out a win tonight.

DeRozan has to be better

I will die on this take. DeMar DeRozan has to learn to be the number 2 option on this team. I get he shot almost 50% from the field and had 17 points but it might be the most inefficient 17 points I’ve seen in my life. The contested midranges and then waving off LaVine when he’s asking for the ball late while being the hot hand is inexcusable and he should know that as a veteran guy here. This isn’t the 2016 Toronto Raptors and he isn’t the batman anymore. He’s the Robin and you dish it off there. In order for this team to reach its potential, he simply has to be better for the money he’s being paid.

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