Avoid Another Letdown
The blowout loss to the Pacers was quite the unusual one of the 2021-22 Chicago Bulls. This year's Bulls squad has blended together an impressive three-headed scoring monster and a speedy and aggressive defense to start off the year as one of the more surprising success stories in the NBA.
Whether is was fatigue or just generally a bad matchup, losses like Monday's can't happen for the new-look Bulls, who clearly have big aspirations.
Personnel-wise, it doesn't appear on paper, that there is an easy way for Chicago to struggle in this game. But we have seen before how one cold-shooting stretch can put a team behind the eight-ball.
The Bulls need to come out with peak energy and focus and show that without a doubt, they are still one of the Eastern Conference's more consistent teams.