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Regular season finale showed best of Bulls bench

Regular season finale showed best of Bulls bench
By Ryan Taylor • Issue #2 • View online
In a game that truly meant nothing, since the Bulls locked up the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls’ bench replicated what their starters should be showing on the floor.
Without Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic, Alex Caruso, Coby White, or Matt Thomas on the floor, due to rest/injury, the Bulls sent out the rest.
With that, the typical bench showed up against the seventh seed Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night for the Bulls’ final regular-season game.
They brought energy, competition, and high-level play to a solid Timberwolves team on the road.
Hopefully, the energy is replicated in the first round of the playoffs against the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks.
Patrick Williams
Patrick Williams looked as he did when he played in the Bulls’ summer league last summer.
He took control of the offense and maintained aggression and dominance on both sides of the floor.
Williams showed a lot of prowess and demand of the floor, putting up 35 points on 10-of-21 shooting and doing his best DeRozan impression by taking 14 shots at the free-throw line.

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A reminder Patrick Williams is 20 years old.

35 points | 10-21 FG | 4 reb | 4 ast https://t.co/ryp0YShZ7U
Williams’s second season has not been easy since suffering an ankle injury in training camp and then a wrist injury that would keep him out of most of the season.
(We’ll focus on that concept in the next issue.)
The second-year has a lot of ground to make up before making his career debut in the playoffs. The Bulls will need him for heavy defensive responsibility and be on call for creating opportunities for himself and others on offense.
The play below exemplifies what he can do when he plays loosely and without feeling like he’s stepping on the toes of the first through third options (DeRozan, LaVine, Vucevic).
Patrick Williams drives against Timberwolves. Video via NBAhedreplay.com.
Patrick Williams drives against Timberwolves. Video via NBAhedreplay.com.
Ayo Dosunmu
With high-caliber guards like Caruso and Lonzo Ball missing a large chunk of the season due to injury, it felt like Dosunmu was the Bulls’ saving grace all season.
Dosunmu plays tremendous defense, facilitates others and hustles on the floor. He is a developing catch-and-shoot guard and capable slasher too.
With the opportunity to run the offense and set plays for himself on Sunday night, he didn’t take the opportunity for granted.
Dosunmu drove the lane, went to the free-throw line, shot three-pointers and created for others. He recorded 26 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and distance. He tacked on six assists and two steals too.
He did turn the ball over seven times in this contest, which was atypical. Dosunmu averages 1.4 turnovers per game in comparison to his average of 3.3 assists.
Dosunmu will be a key piece to the Bulls’ backcourt in the playoffs on both ends of the floor. Not only do the Bulls need his energy and effort, but they need him to be smart with the basketball too.
The video below shows Dosunmu’s ability to manipulate the offensive end and drive the lane.
Ayo Dosunmu drives the lane against the Timberwolves. Video via nbahereplay.com
Ayo Dosunmu drives the lane against the Timberwolves. Video via nbahereplay.com
Troy Brown
Troy Brown Jr. has played bullpen pitcher this entire season.
His minutes took a heavy decline after the acquisitions in the summer and lower demand for his play, which is something I discussed with other Bulls beat writers.
Brown’s play earlier in the season proved him undeserving of more tick. His level of play on both ends was not on par with what the Bulls need off the bench.
Brown averages 16 minutes per game and 4.3 points in the 66 games he’s played this season. Most of his statistics come from garbage time play.
On Sunday, Brown didn’t hesitate to show he still belongs on the team.
Starting in his seventh game of the season, Brown put up 17 points and recorded 11 rebounds for a nifty double-double.
Brown didn’t shy away from taking shots on offense and exerting effort on defense. His gameplay on Sunday might have earned him a few minutes in 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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