When it was announced that Trae Young was out for Dec. 30’s game, most people probably assumed the Chicago Bulls would win.
Although both teams are struggling this year, the Atlanta Hawks’ offense is simply too dependent on their young star to be able to shake off this loss.
What came as a surprise, however, was the dominance that the Bulls displayed en route to their victory. They led practically wire-to-wire and showed a certain poise that had been missing from the team thus far.
They looked like true professionals, with each player embracing their role. They were unselfish and passed the ball until they found the open man, who then proceeded to bury the shot more often than not.
They rebounded well, ran the fast break, and just outclassed Atlanta in nearly every facet of the game.
After a game such as this, in which Zach Lavine did not even have to play in order to hold the lead, one cannot help but wonder what the Bulls might be capable of if they could put themselves in playoff contention.
If they were able to play the way they did last night with any sort of consistency, they would have rested players and fresh legs for potential playoff series and could be a serious threat to knock some quality teams out of the playoffs.
Of course, there’s no indication that a solid win against a severely diminished Atlanta Hawks team will change the trajectory of Chicago’s season, but it is a look into what the Bulls are able to do when they play with discipline.
The pieces are there to be a winning team, and the Bulls have talent in spades, but they need to build chemistry playing together and make sure each player is on the same page if they want to truly compete.