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Chicago Bulls Film Analysis - Charlotte Hornets - Issue #1

Chicago Bulls Film Analysis - Charlotte Hornets - Issue #1
By Ryan Taylor • Issue #1 • View online
Hello! Welcome to Chicago Sports Media and specifically, the Chicago Bulls newsletter. This newsletter focuses on Chicago Bulls news, rumors, film analysis, and opinions. In this issue, I will be focusing on the Bulls’ most recent loss to the Charlotte Hornets.

There was a flood at the United Center last Saturday night during the game between the Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Hornets.
Both teams kept raining in shots.  
The teams combined for 250 points, with the Hornets leading the charge and defeating the Bulls, 133-117. 
The Hornets poured in 60.5 percent of their shots from the field and nearly 50 percent from three-point range. That’s unheard of. Especially coming from a tenth seed team without its highest-paid player (Gordon Hayward) due to injury. 
The Bulls are nearly perfect against teams with worse records than them. At home, against eight seeded teams or lower, they’ve only lost three times this season. Make it four.
Lamelo Ball made the Bulls look like a high school team. He put up 24 points (15 in the first quarter) on 8-of-16 shooting from the field and handed out nine assists on the way. Ball shot uncanny three-pointers and flew by Bulls’ defenders all game.
There were plenty of miscues from the Bulls’ end, on top of the Hornets shooting lights out and playing incredibly energetic defense. The Bulls lacked communication and transition defense. 
Bulls no communication vs. Hornets. Video from NBAhdreplay.com.
Bulls no communication vs. Hornets. Video from NBAhdreplay.com.
K.C. Johnson
The uncontested dunks at the rim are head-scratching.
No Communication
A perfect example of the lack of defensive communication. 
In the video, the Bulls are on defense, Zach LaVine guarding the wing and DeMar DeRozan guarding the corner. As DeRozan’s man comes up to switch with Jaden McDaniels, LaVine intends on switching assignments to avoid having to move. DeRozan sticks with his man, allowing McDaniels a wide-open jam under the basket. 
LaVine on the Bulls’ problems with communication on the floor after the game: “If I knew we would have figured it out by now. We’re all trying to figure it out and once we do I think it’ll click. But, it hasn’t yet. I got confidence we’ll find it.”
There were plenty of mistakes on the defensive end that allowed the Hornets to obtain easy baskets. Communication seemed to be at the helm of the issues for the Bulls. LaVine and DeRozan should be yelling at each other about the situation.
They didn’t and it led to 62 points in the paint allowed to the Hornets. That was nearly half of their points. 
Bulls Transition Defense vs. Hornets. Video via NBAhdreplay.com.
Bulls Transition Defense vs. Hornets. Video via NBAhdreplay.com.
Rob Schaefer
Billy Donovan hammering that team needs to communicate better on-court, particularly defensively. Says this is something he noticed sporadically early in season, but has been exposed more with schedule toughening up in second half
Transition Defense
The Hornets average the second-most fast break points per game, according to teamrankings.com, and they also play with the third-fastest pace in the NBA, according to ESPN
Charlotte’s strengths aren’t hard to pinpoint. The Bulls know they have to get back in transition if they want to stop a large bulk of their offense. Multiple times, however, they failed. 
One of the Hornets’ full-court tendencies is to send a big man flying down the court on a successful Bulls field goal attempt. DeRozan got caught on an island with Mason Plumlee a few times in this one, including the play of the video attached. 
He was sealed off by Plumlee in the paint to allow for an easy basket for the Hornets. 
Transition defense, in this instance and others, plays along with the theme of no communication, but there are still tactics that players need to recognize to stop the bleeding in these situations.
Patrick Williams Assist vs. Hornets. Video via NBAhdreplay.com.
Patrick Williams Assist vs. Hornets. Video via NBAhdreplay.com.
Patrick Williams
Patrick Williams has been a step behind since his return from wrist surgery. The game versus the Hornets marked his 11th game since returning from injury and his 16th of the season. 
Since his return, Williams has posted double-figure point totals four times, according to prosportsreference.com. On Saturday, he scored 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting, adding four rebounds and three assists. 
The film exemplifies Williams’s ability to play make with the ball, which is having a hand in his development as a second-year player. He traditionally plays off the ball, and when he has the ball, he’s usually only creating for himself. 
But, as a former point guard in high school, he has the skillset to facilitate and create opportunities for others, as he does in the video. Hopefully, this continues.
His defense is still a step behind. This is crucial because he’s one of the Bulls’ best defenders. However, with gameplay and expectation, I expect Williams to step up come playoff time.
The Bulls will play their final regular-season game against the Minnesota Timberwolves as they await the battle between the top seeds in the Eastern Conference that will dictate who they play in the first round of the playoffs.
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Ryan Taylor

Hello! This issue focuses on Chicago Bulls news, film analysis, columns, and rumors. On an as-need publication basis, this newsletter will provide Chicago Bulls fans with interesting reads about their favorite NBA team.

As for myself, Ryan Taylor, I am a graduating senior from DePaul University studying journalism. I have worked several positions in sports writing with Lineups.com, Fansided, and Sports Mockery. I have reporting experience with The DePaulia too.

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