It hasn’t been the easiest few weeks for Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan, who both had to enter health and safety protocols as the Bulls’ roster got demolished for a few weeks. At one point, 10 of their players were forced away from the court.
Since returning, the two wing players have had some great performances. However, against the Atlanta Hawks, they combined into a giant wrecking ball that the Hawks simply had no answer for.
The pair finished the game with a collective 65 points, 9 rebounds and 19 assists. DeRozan finished the game shooting 14 of 20 from the field, including both of his three-point attempts. LaVine shot 11 of 21 and went 5 of 8 from deep.
As good as LaVine and DeRozan were, it’s also worth noting that Nikola Vucevic was also a one-man tsunami that finished with 24 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists, a steal and 4 blocks. It sure helped that John Collins wasn’t playing for the Hawks, but it’s still a great performance since he still had to match up with Atlanta’s Clint Capela, who had with 8 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists.
Seeing such great individual performances will be a welcome sight for Bulls fans, and it’s worth noting that they’re still dealing with a lack of personnel too. Lonzo Ball recently entered health and safety protocols along with Tony Bradley, while Alex Caruso is recovering from a foot injury. Derrick Jones Jr. is also still out.
The Bulls have been fun to watch this season, and as an NBA fan, I’m happy that they’ve gotten their momentum back. Covid problems aside, they’ve still managed to go 8-2 in their last 10 games, and their 21-10 record is good for second in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks will be unhappy with losing, but will also be thankful that Trae Young is back and was able to suit up for the game.