Butler's group aims to clobber another foe
The Bulls fully acknowledge that they ultimately will be judged on their postseason performance. For now, though, coach Fred Holberg is content to just let the good times roll.
With Dwayne Wade and Rajon Rondo perfectly complementing franchise centerpiece Jimmy Butler, Chicago’s off to a 2-0 start. The new-look crew visits Brooklyn tonight, with a 7:30 p.m. ET tip at Barclays Center. Oddsmakers at online sports book Bovada.lv list the Central Division’s early co-pilot as a 6.5-point favorite to take care of business. Conversely, the Nets represent +210 underdogs.
On Saturday, the Bulls secured a 118-101 whitewash of Indiana. Butler, Wade and Rondo combined for 36 points, while Doug McDermott added 23 on 9-of-14 shooting. Chicago’s 34 assists also ran in stark contrast to last year’s isolation-heavy approach
Kenny Atkinson’s gang seems to have a different offensive methodology in mind, too. The Nets (1-2) launched 35 treys in a weekend loss to Milwaukee. Bojan Bogdanovic canned two of his six attempts from beyond the arc en route to a 26-point evening.
Brooklyn’s eruption was particularly impressive given the absence of Brook Lopez (rest). The All-Star center continues to work his way back from yet another foot injury, but Chicago’s clearly preparing to see a steady dose of No. 11 this evening. Side with the road team in a high-scoring affair.
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