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Keys to the Game: Bulls vs New Orleans Pelicans (10.08.21)

Feeling Defensive

For all the national and local media handwringing about how bad the Bulls are going to be defensively this year, the new-look crew sure put on a clinic the other night against Cleveland. Over the game's first 14 minutes, Chicago had seven steals and seven blocked shots. By the end of the night the Bulls had 13 steals, 11 blocks and held the Cavs to just 35 percent shooting, running away with a 131-95 victory. As a collective unit Chicago forced 22 Cleveland turnovers, which led to 26 points. So maybe, just maybe the Bulls' defense ain't that bad after all?