Bulls are Charging

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Bulls are Charging Photo by Lemmy Morrie

After a frustrating start to the season that had many experts questioning their off-season prediction of the team being one of the top contenders, the Chicago Bulls seems to have found their groove and are charging away at opposing teams with their smothering defense.

The Bulls are currently on a 5-game winning streak and have climbed the eastern conference ladder to take the number 3 spot with their 6-3 record. It's a great turnaround for sure, something worried fans from the first week have been hoping for. So, the question now is how did they turn things around? And will they be able to sustain their success?

The Winning Streak

The last five wins by the Bulls were against the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers and the Charlotte Bobcats. Although the Pacers is the only top-caliber  team among the five, the way the Bulls was able to come up with blowout wins answers the question of the legitimacy of their improved game.

Sustainability of Defense

In their last five wins, the Bulls have been winning by an average of 15 points per game.  They have been shooting quite well on offense. However, it's really not their hot offense that they are relying on to win games.

The Bulls are winning games by stifling their opponents with their highly-regarded defense that was missing at the start of the season. The defensive rotations are looking much better and individual defensive performance has also improved. They are forcing opponents to tough low-percentage shots and turnovers. This allows them to attack in transition and take advantage of the speed and athleticism of their backcourt.

The fact that the Bulls are winning games with their defense makes their current success more sustainable. Having a hot shooting night is great and all. But having a tight defense that they can go to each and every game means that they'll always have something to rely on to give them a chance of winning.

Now, with the Bulls finally coming on their own, the battle in the Eastern conference becomes even more interesting and exciting.

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