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Coby White hit only seven three-point in the fourth quarter.
The Chicago Bulls began their season with playoffs and All-Star ambitions, though a 3-7 start left wide gaps in the legitimacy of their goals. Then, with a 120-102 revenge win against the modest New York Knicks on Tuesday night, they got their fourth win of 2019-20 and a bit of optimism for the future.
And all it took was for Coby White to hit seven-point in the fourth quarter.
So far the cops have not been very good at all. After losing three of their first five games against the Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Knicks, pre-season expectations seemed too optimistic.
Zach LaVine was mediocre at best, starting the year at an average of 20.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.4 turnovers, while only 43.1 percent were shot out of the field. After a big premiere, Lauri Markkanen was almost invisible. The same applies to White, whose nuclear shot scored 34.4 goals and 21.2 three points in the first ten professional games on Tuesday night.
Wendell Carter Jr. and Free Agent newcomers Tomas Satoransky and Thaddeus Young were the only bright spots.
Some problems of the bulls can be explained by bad luck . They get the right shots. They are missing. This is frustrating, but no cause for panic.
Far more worrying is the fact that the Knicks (in their first matchup) and Los Angeles Lakers landed in the lower five ranks of the with a minus of 9.8 in the fourth quarter. in the league and an overly aggressive defense scheme in which the highest percentage of allowed shots on the edge and the second highest percentage of corner balls, the two most valuable shots in the game, are given up.
Bulls' bad decision-making and questionable strategy have shot them in the foot, but there are moments when things seem to click: when LaVine attacks the basket with a decisive sharpness, when Markkanen is integrated that Offense, instead of watching it from afar, and when white in one quarter makes seven threesome after the bulls entered the finals with the score .
Not losing in the hellfire of White was one of LaVine's better performances of the year. The cops have made their bed with him as the captain, so they have to live and die with their decision-making. This can be a frightening reality, but on some nights it also lets skeptics eat crow.
Twenty-five points and five templates with only three turnovers are the statistical line the LaVine cops need to take a step toward relevance. His scoring arsenal is well documented but he did not abuse the offense. His pass also looked sharp and he improved his teammates.
The Bulls were a hip preseason team for their savvy, off-season acquisitions, but Satoransky does not make LaVine an all-star. LaVine has to turn into one. This includes making smarter shots, limiting bad decisions, and being able to read the game faster. If he is able to find his places, not to do too much and be successful in the game's thought categories, the cops will follow suit.
Markkanen, on the other hand, did not look right.
The 22-year-old is a key building block for this team, and he should start putting things together in his third year. Leaning Pains may have had something to do with his  numbers have dropped in the last two weeks but it's officially time to worry about whether he may be as important to Chicago's rebuilding as the Front Office had hoped.
Three years later, the cops have still not figured out how to maximize Markkan's abilities. Being a pure spacer is not good enough, especially if he shoots only 27.3 percent from the depths. Head coach Jim Boylen needs to build his confidence and encourage him to attack the basket rather than just being on the verge of being offensive.
Nevertheless, he shows lightning from rare qualities .
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H has the ability to pause and end acrobatic beatings, but this is unique for a 7-foot bolide Put him in positions to succeed. H He must be involved in actions and keep the ball on the move, as his high center of gravity and shaky grip keep him from making his own shot in individual situations. Standard Pick-and-Pops can put him in a rhythm and should be unmonitorable.
Even after a weak play by Markkanen (13 points, eight rebounds, six turnovers in 6-of-10 shots), White helped his inner Klay Thompson Chicago dominate the fourth quarter and close the Knicks with an exclamation mark. This is the first legitimate sign of growth this season.
The cops were too enthusiastic about their own self-perception and seemed to expect to win at the beginning of the campaign rather than prove that they could. If you want to meet those expectations in the preseason, it's time to eliminate the nonsense, build on that performance, and finish competitions against teams without a primary care.
Beating the Knicks is not exactly a reason to free the swimmers in Grant Park. But overcoming a mental block and finding a blueprint for success in the fourth quarter of a tight game is a hurdle the bulls must overcome.
Perhaps the floodgates for Chicago's success are now opening up just like White's three-point shooting in the fourth quarter.
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