NBA, Warriors vs Bulls: Chicago is the team to look after this season with the way they have started the season. They hoped for something similar playing against the Golden State Warriors.
The host struggled at the start, Steph Curry somehow managed to get the offense going but a defensive-themed Chicago made it hard for the Dubs to score points.
Stephen Curry got the run going to end the first quarter with only six points deficit which would otherwise be 10 or more. Jonathan Kuminga rocked with some best defensive effort against an athletic Bulls squad.
The shooting was not what you normally expect from the Warriors team only 43.5% and 31.8% from behind the arc in the first half. They also had 10 turnovers, and despite these failings, they led the Bulls by 6 six points entering the break.
The defense against Curry seems to have nothing to do when he gets going. He finished the game with 40 points shooting 15of 24 from the field.
Zach Lavine fought hard with his 23 points however failed to find support. Also, the defensive tactical change against him was top-notch. Knowing his strength to stretch the game longer, the Warriors were not shy to double him up when needed.
The defensive piece for Warriors was certainly Draymond Green and in Vucevic’s absence, he was king of the hill. His defensive effort allowed the outer defenders to focus more on Lavine who could take the game away.
Thanks to Curry, the hosts saw themselves up by 20 points at the end of the third quarter. He ramped up 15 points to outscore the visitors 35-17.
The Bulls have quietly been one of the best teams early in the NBA season. Entering today, they ranked in the top ten of both offensive and defensive efficiency. Yet, the Warriors added them to the lengthening list of opponents they have dominated.
Golden State finished their eight-game homestand 7-1 and are now 11-1 on the season. Now they get ready for a three-game road trip to take on the Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets, and Cleveland Cavaliers. They will look to extend their seven-game winning streak on Sunday against the Hornets.