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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Observations after Bulls improved to 3-0: Jimmy Butler scoring with efficiency


The Bulls improved to 3-0 with their road victory over the Nets.
Here are three observations.
Jimmy Butler is scoring with efficiency
His 22 points on just 10 shots also featured nine trips to the free-throw line. That followed a 16-point effort on nine shots. In each of the last two blowout victories, Butler sat out the fourth.
"I just keep running the floor because I know I’m going to get the ball,” Butler said. "When you are open you are going to get the ball whether it’s from D-Wade, whether from Rondo, Taj (Gibson). If they miss you they know they probably missed you and it’s, 'I’m not going to do that again.'"
The Bulls are rebounding effectively
The Bulls have been plus-19 over the Celtics, plus-14 over the Pacers and plus-13 against the Nets in their first three victories.
Gibson leads with a 9.7 per game rebounding average. But the Bulls are consistently limiting opponents to one shot and also wreaking havoc on the offensive glass.

Isaiah Canaan is proving himself to be more than a 3-point specialist
The guard's defensive pressure and ability to pick up fullcourt has impressed. Mostly known as a volume shooter, Canaan has made his presence felt at the defensive end.
After missing all three 3-point attempts in the opener against the Celtics, Canaan also is 6-for-9 from beyond the arc.
His rocky opener made it seem like Michael Carter-Williams would supplant him in the rotation. Now, Canaan could be back in a more prominent role if Carter-Williams is sidelined for an extended period with his left knee injury.

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