Exploring the Game Dynamics: Coby White’s Approach, Ayo Dosunmu’s Pace, and More Insights from the Bulls

If I do not hesitate to complain about the Chicago Bulls’ subpar play and foolish decision-making, I should probably also give credit where credit is due. I know, being fair sucks. Last night’s win over the New Orleans Pelicans joins a very short list of genuinely impressive performances this season. While the Pels may have been missing a couple of role players – most notably CJ McCollum – they were the clear favorites with both Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram on the floor. It felt like another “competitive” loss waiting to happen, especially with the Bulls down both Patrick Williams and Torrey Craig in a matchup against one of the most physically imposing forwards in the NBA.

Instead, the Bulls erased a double-digit deficit in the third quarter and received clutch buckets from multiple contributors down the stretch. It was a prime example of what keeping your foot on the gas for a full 48 minutes can do. And it was nice to see the Bulls on the other side of that lesson for once.

  • I wouldn’t declare Coby White the catalyst of that victory, but his individual performance best represented the mindset the entire team took on. White was 1-10 by the end of the third quarter. He started 0-6 coming out of the locker room, botching multiple point-blank layups. White’s touch was so off that I was almost shocked he continued to fire away. But I’m sure glad he did.

“I tell Coby all the time it’s not how it starts but how it finishes,” DeRozan told Bulls dot com. “I always tell him I don’t care how many shots you miss; I’ll live with him missing 50 in a row if that’s the case. Learn from those and understand what those moments are like and be familiar in that situation. He hit when we needed them.”

  • White erased every missed shot from his brain immediately after it happened. He played like someone who knew (1) his continued aggressiveness helped open the floor for his teammates, and (2) it was only a matter of time before he’d find the bottom of the net. White would go on to score 11 points on 4-8 shooting in the fourth quarter, which included this ridiculous finish over Jordan Hawkins off the steal. I’ve watched this a million times and still can’t believe the refs didn’t call a foul. NBA officiating never fails to disappoint:
  • Again, White’s ability to stick with it and live possession to possession resembled the entire team’s personality. When they fell down 12 points with under 3:00 minutes to go in the third quarter, we didn’t see panic ensue. Instead, it was some organized chaos that helped the Bulls rattle off an 11-0 run. We should actually give a big shoutout to Dalen Terry, whose hustle in the final minutes of that third frame made a legitimate difference. He forced two steals over that stretch – one of which led him to a fastbreak dunk.
  • Ayo Dosunmu played a crucial role in setting the tone early. Without his 14 points and 7 assists in the first half, the Bulls don’t find themselves within striking distance heading into the locker room. He helped generate the tempo that this team needed to play with to keep the Pelicans on their toes. Whether it be flying past players in transition or moving smart off the ball for some decisive catch-and-shoot 3s, he made this game feel like a track race (in a good way).
  • Dosunmu is now averaging 15.8 points, 3.8 assists, and 1.1 steals over his last 17 games. He’s also shooting 56.5 percent from the field and 51.3 percent from downtown on 4.6 attempts per game. Look, that’s a big enough sample size where we might have to declare this a legitimate Dosunmu breakout. The Bulls might have two guards to build with moving forward.
  • I’m actually having fun being positive for once, so let’s keep giving flowers! Alex Caruso is sick in the head. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen someone his size defend anyone on the floor without batting an eye. Williamson may have put together an efficient 9-15 shooting night, but Caruso’s defense down the stretch made a significant impact on the outcome of the game. He continuously invited the contact and let Williamson know that the only way he was getting to the rim was with Caruso either on the ground or draped all over him.
  • Also, let’s not forget to give Caruso a shoutout for his two very important buckets in the 4th quarter. He slid into the dunker spot for a couple of sneaky layups underneath the rim. Both shots came with the Pelicans down just one point and threatening to reclaim the lead.
  • Jonas Valanciunas left DeMar DeRozan way too much room here …
  • The Bulls better be in the Cooper Flagg sweepstakes in 2025.

 

  • Dropping 58 points without a single 3-pointer is an insane thought nowadays
  • As they should be!

 

  • I’m not over it.

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