Chicago came out red-hot from deep
The Bulls entered tonight’s game as one of the hottest three-point shooting clubs in basketball. They are fourth in the NBA in long-range accuracy at 38.2%. With this in mind, you’d think the Celtics would be focused on defending the line from the opening tip. Well, this wasn’t the case. Chicago started off the game a blistering 6-for-7 from three. The Celtics got destroyed in the high pick-and-roll early and too often guarded with their hands by their sides (as Brian Scalabrine pointed out on the broadcast). Boston hasn’t consistently defended the line well this season, but — of course — there’s still plenty of time for Coach Udoka and company to figure things out.
Bulls are 4/4 from three ☔️@NBCSChicago | @ZO2_ pic.twitter.com/Vw57JX4cbK— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 1, 2021
DeMar DeRozan and Jaylen Brown were unstoppable offensively
DeRozan is in his first season with Chicago after stops in Toronto and San Antonio. Usually, it takes players a bit to truly find their footing in a new system. However, DeRozan already appears to be in midseason form. He is up to 21 points on 9-for-12 shooting at the break, including 2-for-2 from behind the arc. DeRozan leads all scorers for both sides, but Brown is right behind him with 17 points and five rebounds. Following a slow start, he went off for 13 points across five minutes during the second quarter. Brown got the Celtics back into the game once Chicago’s lead began to approach double-digits in the second stanza. Keep an eye on the Brown-DeRozan duel in the second half. Whoever has the better game may end up leading their team to victory.
make that *13 pic.twitter.com/LxRf3DD7ja— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 2, 2021